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Tottenham are at their best when Harry Winks dictates play – his vision and ability to retain possession is invaluable for Jose Mourinho... the Spurs maestro has now become a key figure in Gareth Southgate's plans Harry Winks captained Tottenham for the first time in a 3-2 defeat by Wolves The midfield maestro has become a central figure in the Tottenham lineup Winks' vision and ability to retain possession is invaluable for Jose Mourinho He is becoming increasingly central to Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 plans 

By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline

Published: 16:32 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 17:05 GMT, 1 March 2020

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Harry Winks, under-appreciated? Maybe, but certainly not by the people that matter.

Just over 58,000 people packed into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the clash against Wolves, but none prouder than Winks, who captained the club he joined as a five-year-old for the first time.

It seems silly now, but there was a semblance of doubt over Winks' future when Jose Mourinho was appointed.

Harry Winks captained Tottenham for the first time on Sunday in their 3-2 defeat by Wolves

Harry Winks captained Tottenham for the first time on Sunday in their 3-2 defeat by Wolves

Winks' (right) vision and ability to retain possession is invaluable for manager Jose Mourinho

Winks' (right) vision and ability to retain possession is invaluable for manager Jose Mourinho

Five months on, suffice to say those doubts have been dispelled; his emergence as one of Mourinho's key foot soldiers solidified by the manager's decision to adorn him with the armband in injured duo Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane's absence.

Winks' influence on the Mourinho era is growing by the week, an emerging constant in what's been a turbulent few weeks for Spurs.

Not that it bothers him, but Winks isn't one who receives the adulation he necessarily deserves. Players of his type rarely do.

Busy beavering away putting in the hard yards in Tottenham's midfield - Winks' contribution can often go undetected.

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