By James Sharpe For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 GMT, 29 February 2020 | Updated: 09:19 GMT, 1 March 2020
Harry Winks has revealed Jose Mourinho told him he had to train harder to force his way into his Tottenham team.
The 24-year-old, billed as the 'Little Iniesta', also believes that English football does not appreciate passing midfielders like him as much as they should.
Winks has started Spurs' last nine games in all competitions ahead of the clash against Wolves but when Mourinho arrived it took him a while to nail down a regular starting spot.
Harry Winks has said Jose Mourinho told him to train harder to get back into the Spurs team
Winks has started Tottenham's last nine games in all competitions ahead of the Wolves clash
'I had an honest chat with the manager and he told me what he believed I needed to do,' said Winks. 'It was just an honest conversation, which I respect massively. It started with training.
'I just think my whole level and just the intensity as well, which I said to the manager that I agree. Since we had that conversation things have improved and I have been playing more and it is important that I keep those levels and intensity because I want to stay in the team.'
On the surface, it might seemed like it might be an odd match. Winks, the neat passer, and Mourinho, the pragmatist hardly renowned for his tiki-taka style of possession football.
'He appreciates what everyone brings to the team and what their strengths are,' said Winks. He prefers defensive shape and being organised. That is something we needed to improve on anyway because we were shopping too many goals. Defensively, my role is a lot more important now. I needed to improve on that. I think defensively I have started to improve under the new manager.