'Harry Winks reminds me of Paul Scholes' - Darren Anderton

Friday, November 30th, 2018 11:45am

By James Gray @jamestingray

Darren Anderton reckons Harry Winks passes the ball like Paul Scholes and can't get enough of the Tottenham midfielder's approach to the game.

Winks has already made 17 appearances for Tottenham this season and impressed at the heart of midfield as Spurs beat Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley to keep their Champions League campaign alive.

The 22-year-old has already earned the nickname 'Little Iniesta' from his manager and former Tottenham winger Anderton has been equally impressed by the central midfielder.

"I think he's the real deal, absolutely different class. I love the way he plays," Anderton told the Tottenham Fans' Show, when Love Sport Radio turns over to the Spurs fans from 7pm until 9pm every Tuesday evening.

"I think if you watch the way he passes the ball, it's never sloppy. It's always fizzed in at pace, almost the way I used to watch the United boys ping the ball about, like [Paul] Scholes.

"He always wants the ball and he's 'one of our own' which I love.

"I used to room with Dean Austin when I was playing who was from Hemel and he knew Harry since he was a young kid and he's always mentioned him to me that he's different class.

"So he's come into the team, and to break into a good team which is not easy, and he keeps doing the right things. He had a tough break with injury last year and missed out on the World Cup but he's got such a good manner about him.

"I love the way he plays the game. I would say he almost goes unnoticed, that real quality. Whether it's Huddersfield or at home to Barcelona, you'll get the same performance."

Winks started alongside a resurgent Moussa Sissoko in midfield on Wednesday night while Christian Eriksen was deployed from the substitutes' bench to score the winner.

The Denmark international still has 18 months left on his current deal but is involved in protracted talks with the club over a new deal and Anderton admits that while he has not put pen to paper, concerns about the attentions of Real Madrid will continue to resurface.

"People will keep talking about it. People will keep asking the question if he doesn't sign a new deal," Anderton added.

"Why is that? Is he not committed? Does he want to move on? Is he looking for a fresh challenge?

"For me, I would love to see him sign in terms of his importance to Spurs.

"He's the one who has got that little bit extra in the final third.

"When teams come to Wembley and they sit there with 10 men behind the ball, it's his quality in that final third that can really make things happen out of nothing.

"I've said it for a few years now that he is, if not the key players, one of the most important players in that team."

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