Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks put in another outstanding display against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, so much so that his boss singled him out for special praise following the match.
The England international helped salvage Spurs’ Champions League hopes as they overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Harry Kane.
They now lie third in the group, three points adrift of Inter Milan who travel to Wembley on November 28.
Winks was instrumental in Tuesday’s victory, sitting just behind Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the midfield.
With Mauricio Pochettino unable to select Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier or Victor Waynama, the 22-year-old had to take on an unfamiliar role as a more defensive player.
Winks rose to the challenge, quickly adapted and put in an assured performance – much to his manager’s delight.
“I’m so happy with him. He is playing a lot, played the last three games 90 minutes,” Pochettino said following the game, as quoted by the Football.London website.
“I am so happy with him, today was to play alone like a holding midfielder with Christian (Eriksen) and Dele Alli next to him.
“I think it was a massive challenge and I think his performance was very, very good. It was excellent,” he added.
After a difficult season last year was cut short by injury, Winks is now enjoying a far happier time of things.
He has featured in all four of Spurs’ Champions League outings – also playing as a defensive midfielder against Barcelona.
Winks has also played in nine of Tottenham’s Premier League games and is clearly a player in whom Pochettino is happy to trust playing anywhere in the midfield.
With Dembele looking as if he is set to leave the club and the manager having to deal with several injuries at the moment, the Englishman’s continued development and increasing versatility is a huge positive for everyone connected with Spurs.