Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has said that he is not feeling pressure in his new role as the replacement for Mousa Dembele.
The Spurs fans favourite ended his seven-year spell with the Lilywhites last month as he became the latest player to swap the Premier League for the financially lucrative Chinese Super League.
Dembele has been a key part of the Tottenham first-team for the past few years. However, he started to suffer from injury problems towards the end of his time in North London.
His departure from the club is not necessarily a bad thing. He is certainly past his peak and Tottenham can now give his position to a more hungry and young player such as Winks.
Dembele on the other hand could see out his days in a less physically demanding place such as China and this could also help him to prolong his professional career by a few years.
Winks had to deputise a lot for the 31-year-old during the first half of the season. The 23-year-old has also been a mainstay in the heart of the Tottenham midfield for Mauricio Pochettino’s side along with Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen after Eric Dier picked up an injury in December.
Winks is still a player who is relatively young and there is no doubt that he is capable of blossoming into one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders within the next 2-3 years.
The experience that he is now getting will certainly prove invaluable in terms of his development as a Tottenham player.
Winks has however played down suggestions that he is a replacement to Dembele.
“I learned a lot from Mousa, not only was he fantastic on the field as everyone knows but he was top off the field as well, he was a real humble guy and a nice person to speak to,” he told The Daily Mail.
“On the pitch he was one of the best players I have ever played with and I wish him all the best.
“I don’t feel the pressure, we have got a lot of good players who can step up to the plate and I don’t consider myself as someone who has taken Mousa’s place, it is more a collective thing and if I am given the opportunity to play then I’ll play.”