Stephen Warnock compares Tottenham’s Harry Winks to Xavi

Ahead of England’s game with Spain on Monday evening, Stephen Warnock has been comparing Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks to Xavi.

‘He’s sort of in the style of your Xavi, someone who keeps the ball, keeps it rotated and keeps you playing’

When speaking about Winks, Warnock stated:

“He’s sort of in the style of your Xavi, someone who keeps the ball, keeps it rotated and keeps you playing.

“He is a very impressive player and at international level you need players who can retain the ball. He can do that quite comfortably.

“I’d like to see him passing forward a little bit more, rather than just rotating and side to side, but see him really linking things up.

“If you can get Dier sat in front of your back two, there’s no reason why Winks and [Ross] Barkley can’t join in [with the attack].

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“Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling can take the game really wide. And there will be lots of gaps for those two to go in to.”

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Gareth Southgate, Manager of England in conversation during an england training session on June 15, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Harry Winks poor injury luck with Tottenham

Harry Winks had a very tough 2017/18 season with Tottenham.

The young midfielder showed bags of potential when he was fit.

However, the 22-year-old would suffer four separate injuries last season. This kept him out of the Spurs side for some time.

This season, however, Winks is much fitter and has made nine appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season.

The latest of which saw Winks play the full 90 minutes in Tottenham’s last league game vs newly-promoted Cardiff.

Winks is also expected to start for England on Monday vs Spain in their UEFA Nations League matchup.

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