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Dembele on Winks: 'Everybody appreciates him'

Posted on 21 December 2016  - 14:07

Mousa Dembele has revealed how he and our other senior players are thrilled to see Harry Winks making an impact at the top level.

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The academy starlet was handed his second Premier League start in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Burnley and put in a typically committed shift in the centre of midfield alongside Mousa and Victor Wanyama.

It came as the latest step in an encouraging campaign for the 20-year-old from Hemel Hempstead who, prior to the start of 2016-17, had only ever made three substitute appearances for us in the Europa League.

Now, after the youngster earned his top flight debut, scored on his first Premier League start against West Ham, started twice in the Champions League and made his England Under-21s bow in recent months, Mousa has spoken of his pride at how his midfield colleague is progressing.

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“I think he did very well again in the Burnley match,” said the experienced Belgian international, a Spurs player since 2012.

“Last year, even though he didn’t play too much, we saw that he had a lot of potential and I’m glad for him that he’s been getting some opportunities and his ability is coming out on the pitch now.

“He’s making progress as a young player but he’s a good guy as well so everybody appreciates him and wants him to succeed.”