Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Winks topped the Champions League passing charts on Wednesday as he continued his remarkable rise to prominence under Mauricio Pochettino, according to Squawka.com.
The 20-year-old played the full 90 minutes against CSKA Moscow, making 104 passes with 96% accuracy overall as Spurs dominated the lacklustre Russians to eventually run out 3-1 winners at Wembley.
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Strikes from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and an own-goal from keeper Igor Akinfeev secured what was in the end a comfortable victory, despite the North Londoners falling behind to Alan Dzagoev’s clinical finish just after the half hour.
However, it was Winks in central midfield who kept the team ticking along to emerge with the best passing stats of any player to take part across the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
This constitutes an excellent achievement for the academy graduate, particularly when you consider that the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus were all in action as the group stage came to a close.
It has been a highly promising start to the season for Winks, who has already featured 13 times for the senior team and scored his first goal for the club in the 3-2 victory over West Ham United last month.
The next stage of his development will be to secure a regular starting berth in Pochettino’s Spurs side, a feat which does not seem unattainable given the progress he has already made.
Tottenham’s win over CSKA meant that they finished a disappointing third in Group E and will drop into the Europa League in the new year.