Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has sung the praises of rising star Harry Winks, stating that the homegrown talent has made a big impression at White Hart Lane this season.

The Spurs trainer puts an emphasis on young players at the North London club, with the 20-year-old the latest star to graduate from the youth set-up into the Premier League outfit’s first team.

Winks has starred both in the Premier League and in the Champions League this season, with the Hemel Hempstead-born youngster impressing in central midfield.

Pochettino has stated that he is delighted with the skilful playmaker’s introduction to the Tottenham first team and admitted that the England under-21 man is good enough to play in a number of different roles for Spurs.

“It is true that Harry Winks in the last few months has appeared with power and I think he is doing a great job for the team,” the Hertfordshire Mercury quote the Argentine as saying.

“He is playing very well and I am very happy with him.

“It’s true that from the beginning of the season to today, Harry has been improving a lot. Now he is going forward and he is showing that he can play in the starting XI.

“He played at Liverpool with Eric Dier like a midfielder. He can play like a holding midfielder but he is a player that can adapt.

“His quality is that he is a player that can adapt his skills in a different position. That is fantastic.”

Winks has the likes of Dier, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Tom Carroll as competition for a Tottenham starting XI place this season.

The 20-year-old’s ability on the ball, distribution and maturity have already made him a favourite among the Spurs fans.

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