Winks’ boast may come back to haunt him

Harry Winks is set to return to the Tottenham squad as they start life at their new stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Harry Winks has talked up Tottenham’s chances of challenging the big two but he needs to remember they finished 27 points behind Manchester City last season.

Spurs’ 2018-19 challenge fizzled out at the start of the year and they ended up fourth, just one point better off than bitter rivals Arsenal after seemingly being in line to push for the title.

Their disappointment was complete after a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final but it does seem as though there is optimism around the club that they could be about to take the next step.

It is unlikely that City and Liverpool will dominate in the same way as last term and Mauricio Pochettino’s men have already taken points off the champions with a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

There is still a long way to go and the ‘big two’ are tipped to finish in the first two positions but Winks believes that the north Londoners should not be discounted from the title race

“I think they should worry about us,” he told the Star. “We’ve shown in the last few years we can compete with the best teams in the Premier League and Europe.

“It’s important we do that on a consistent basis this season and it’s important we go to places like City and Liverpool and get results.”

While Spurs can ‘compete’ with the best, the gap to the top two in 2018-19 was so large that it will take a massive effort to close it over the next 10 months.


Therefore it may be wiser for the 23-year-old to lower his expectations as boastful predictions have a tendency to come back and haunt the person who says them.

Winks, capped three times by England, seems to be buying into Pochettino’s positivity and confessed that the Argentine tactician sends him men out into battle thinking that they will come away with the points.

“The manager doesn’t allow fear in us,” he added. “We don’t go into any game beaten mentally. We go into every game knowing we can win and we can outperform them.”

Although outplayed for large sections of the City draw, Spurs will have been delighted to take a point ahead of the visit of pointless Newcastle United next Sunday and the north London derby on September 1.