Winks on Scott Parker: 'He's always been there to give me advice'
18 February 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Winks hopes to pit his wits against one of his forefathers in the Spurs midfield at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
The 21-year-old academy graduate this week signed a new deal with the club, with 26 appearances to his name already this season as he’s made a real impact in Mauricio Pochettino’s senior set-up.
It was during his younger years in our Under-16s and Under-18s, however, that vastly experienced England international Scott Parker patrolled that central midfield patch, with a teenage Harry watching on with interest.
Scott left us for Fulham, our opponents in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend, back in 2013 and these days serves as their club captain, but it’s fair to say he made a positive impression on our midfield starlet during his two years and 63 appearances here.
“Scott is a great player and a top, top person off the field as well,” said Harry. “Since he left the club he’s always told me I can stay in touch with him and get advice from him here and there and every time he pops into the training ground or if I drop him a text, he’s always there to give me some advice.
Above: Scott Parker in action for us in 2013.
“He was brilliant when he came to Tottenham and his career, even before he was here, speaks for itself. He’s a player who was welcomed by the Spurs fans, he had a very good time here and he’s a top quality player anyway so if I can take any little bits from his game then I’ll be delighted.”
Speaking about the challenge that lies ahead of us at the Cottage as we bid for a place in the quarter-finals of the age-old cup competition, Harry said: “I know one or two of Fulham’s players, they’re doing really well and I’ve heard from Scott that they’re on a good run and that the manager is doing well, so they’re another team that we can’t take for granted.
“It’s a tough ground to go to, against a good team with a good fan base but ultimately, for us, we go into every game thinking we can win.
“We have the confidence, we have the belief and we have the ability as well. They’re going to come out and want to beat us but, like I always say, if we focus on ourselves and we put on a good performance then we should be okay.”
Above: Harry Winks at the Training Centre this week after signing his new deal.
On the opportunity to compete in the FA Cup, he added: “It’s a massive competition throughout England – it always has been. It’s the most prestigious club cup in English history and for me, I’d love to win it, I really would, but even having two games so far in the FA Cup has been brilliant.
“To even say I’ve played in it is a massive honour and hopefully we can beat Fulham on Sunday and go one step further, keep taking it game-by-game and hopefully get to the final and win.”