'As a Spurs fan, it was brilliant' - Winks' dream day, in his own words
19 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Bursting with pride, 15 years of hard work and dreams flashed before Harry Winks as he described how it felt to make his first start and then score his first goal in the Premier League after the thrilling 3-2 win against West Ham.
“It’s all a bit of a blur to be fair!” said our latest Academy graduate. “What a game to be involved in and what a full debut to make. To win, that was the main thing, to get the three points, but to score as well, I can’t explain it…”
Harry scored the first equaliser as we came from 1-0 and then 2-1 down with only a minute remaining to secure a 3-2 win in injury time. Harry Kane struck twice to turn the game around, the first from Heung-Min Son’s assist, the second from the penalty spot after Sonny was fouled.
Below: Harry speaks to Spurs TV
Where to start? Let’s go bit by bit, in chronological order…
When did Harry find out he was in line to start? “It was yesterday (Friday) in training, we went to do a bit of shape and I couldn’t quite believe it, to be honest. It was like ‘me?’ It was a bit of a shock but I prepared how I always do for a game and I couldn’t wait to get out there and play.”
Below: Harry slots home
Harry: “It went completely quiet and I just thought I had to tap it in. That is one moment in my life I can never repeat. I can’t explain it, being a Spurs fan as well, scoring the equaliser against West Ham, it was brilliant. I could have kept running. I had a burst of energy and saw my family at the top (of the stand) as well and pointed to them. It was unbelievable.”
Below: Celebrations with Mauricio
For the gaffer
Harry ran straight over to the bench for an embrace with Mauricio Pochettino after scoring. “He’s given me my chance and put me into the first team. That was a ‘thank-you’ to him for everything he’s done for me.”
But then - West Ham score again
Harry: “Yes, but this team has showed time and again that when we go down, we keep going. We’ve got that belief, that know-how to get back into a game and it was never in doubt that we’d create the opportunities, so it was a case of keep playing, keep our heads and go from there.”
2-2 not enough
Harry Kane slotted home the equaliser on 89 minutes but there was no time for celebrations as we sprinted back to the half-way line for the restart. “It just shows what we’re about. A draw wouldn’t have been great, we wanted to win and Harry Kane epitomised that by grabbing the ball when he equalised and getting everyone ready to go and get another.”
3 points in a derby and a goal! No better feeling❤️— Harry Winks (@HarryWinks) November 19, 2016
So what were Harry’s thoughts when Harry Kane put the ball on the penalty spot, 2-2, injury time? “No doubt, absolutely no doubt. I was just thinking about the celebrations! I was getting ready to run over.”
The first of many?
Harry: “I know I can’t get carried away. It’s one game, one goal. I’ve got to keep working hard, show the right attitude and keep my mentality right because things can change so quickly in football. I’ve got to keep my head, keep working hard and keep improving.”