Winks looking to the future after Saints outing
08 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Winks felt Southampton’s first goal proved to be the killer blow as our Under-21s lost 2-0 to the south coast side at Stevenage on Monday night (December 7).
The central midfielder, on the bench for Saturday’s top flight game at West Bromwich Albion, played just over an hour along with Andros Townsend as we hosted the Saints in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
It was the visitors who seized the upper hand in the game when Matt Targett’s free-kick from wide on the right zipped all the way in at the far post on the stroke of half-time, with Josh Sims completing the scoring 18 minutes from the end.
For Harry, it was Targett’s set piece in first half stoppage time that proved key to the way the game went.
“In all fairness Southampton are a good side, difficult to break down, good on the second ball and good on transitions,” he said.
“They counter-attacked well as well, but the first goal killed us a little because when you concede just before half-time it changes the whole team talk – everyone is a little down rather than being upbeat because we had a good first half.
“It’s one of those things. I thought overall we were the better side. We had more possession, we created a lot of good chances but it was a difficult one for us.
“We could have come back into it with the chances we had but it was always going to be a difficult task.”
Attentions now turn towards Thursday’s Europa League clash with Monaco at White Hart Lane. It’s a competition that has yielded Harry’s two first team appearances to date – against Partizan Belgrade last year and in this season’s home win over Qarabag – and the 19-year-old is understandably keen to make sure he’s ready to answer the call of Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino whenever it comes.
“I just want to play as much football as I can,” he said. “It was good to get minutes for the Under-21s, keep ticking over and fingers crossed I’ll get more game time on Thursday against Monaco.
“For me, it’s been brilliant so far. This is what you dream of as a young Academy player – you want to be in that first team.
“I’ve still got a long, long way to go and I wouldn’t say I’m there yet or anything like that. I’ve laid some good foundations though, I’m in a good place and I need to keep working hard and keep improving. For me now, I just want to get more game time and push on, because I’m loving every minute of it.”