Harry Winks has been a major asset for Tottenham this season as he has managed to establish himself as one of the key members of the squad. He has made a smooth transition to the Spurs senior squad and was awarded a new long-term contract as a result.
He has shown tremendous maturity for his age and enjoyed a perfect outing in Tottenham’s 6-0 win over Millwall in the quarterfinals of the Emirates FA Cup.
Recently, Winks was shockingly linked with a call-up by Spain FA, as it was reported that his grandparents are of Spanish origin. A lot of discussions were done whether the move was possible or not, however, reputed journalist Guillem Balague tweeted that Winks’ great grandparents were Spanish and not his grandparents, and thereby putting the speculation to an end.
On Harry Winks. His great grandparents (not his grandparents) are Spanish which doesn’t qualify him 2 play for Spain. The Spanish FA know it
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 14, 2017
However, we decided to compare Harry Winks with certain other top Spanish youngsters who play in a similar position to that of Winks, and the numbers did not disappoint. In fact, it turned out that Winks is better than the other young Spanish midfielders.
Based on their appearances and form this season, we compared Winks’ passing stats per-90 minutes to that of Marcos Asensio (Real Madrid), Marcos Llorente (Alaves, on loan from Real Madrid), Pablo Fornals (Malaga) and Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).
Stats show that Winks has an astonishing pass percentage of 91% and the closest player to Winks being Marco Asensio, with a pass percentage of 87%. Apart from that, Winks makes 55.86 successful passes per 90 minutes. Nobody even stands near Winks’ number of passes and the next highest number being 44.87 passes by Marcos Llorente of Alaves (on loan from Real Madrid).
Another huge advantage of Harry Winks’ gameplay is the number of forward passes he makes. He plays an average of 35.69 forward passes per-90 minutes and it only highlights Winks’ playing style and Pochettino’s ideology.
These numbers show why there was news about Spain FA trying to lure Winks to their National team. Winks is easily one of the most promising young central midfielders in the world right now and would easily blossom into a world-class prospect under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham surely have a gem in their hands and it is up to them to polish him into an invaluable asset!
*All the stats were taken from Squawka.com