Having made his first team debut in the Europa League last season, Harry Winks is hungry for more senior match action – and he plans to continue working hard to achieve that.
A regular for our Under-21s in 2014-15, the young central midfielder was brought into the first team picture when he replaced Paulinho in the closing stages of our 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane back in November.
Since then, he’s continued his development in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League – scoring twice in 18 appearances at that level – while training alongside our first team regulars.
Having earned his first senior start in our post-season friendly win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur, the 19-year-old also featured in the subsequent victory in Sydney, Australia, and is now targeting a strong pre-season campaign ahead of 2015-16...
Thoughts on the season overall?
I think I’ve had a good season on a personal level and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved. It’s been a long, hard season but they’re always the best ones and the most rewarding. It’s been brilliant training with the first team and although the intensity is obviously a lot higher than the youth levels, it’s great because you’re training with some top class international players and you’re only going to improve in that situation. I definitely feel like I’ve grown as a player and as a person over the last few months.
Your personal highlight of the season?
Definitely my first team debut. It was a great moment – the best moment of my life. I was warming up for a good 30 minutes or so before I got the call and then in the 86th minute I found out I was going on so it was a great moment for me. I was really honoured to be given the opportunity to go out there – it was an unbelievable night but now I want to improve on that and get more opportunities. That’s something I’ve been aiming to do and I plan to continue working hard to try to achieve that.
Plans for the summer?
It was a tremendous opportunity for me to go with the first team to Malaysia and Australia for the post-season matches out there. In my time off I’ll probably go to Mexico for a couple of weeks with my family to relax and then obviously come back ready and strong for pre-season.
Thoughts on pre-season?
It can be difficult in pre-season but in the summer, in our three or four weeks off, it’s important to stay fit and do some gym work in order to come back prepared and fresh. That’s something I’ll be doing so that when I come back I’m ready to train at the intensity that’s required.
Hopes for next season?
To continue working hard. I’d love to get some more senior game time somewhere along the line so I’ll come back, hopefully have a good pre-season, give my all and see where that takes me.
Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Michel Vorm answered ‘Five questions for summer’ earlier this week. Look out for tomorrow’s instalment with DeAndre Yedlin...