It was a doubly-special day for Harry Winks. Not only did he get his first Premier League start on Saturday at White Hart Lane, he was one of Tottenham’s best players and scored Spurs’ first goal in their 3-2 win over West Ham.
Winks was in the right place at the right time to poke home a rebound effort after Vincent Janssen had a rocket of a shot parried away by Hammers keeper Darren Randolph. Winks told BT Sport that he was, obviously, “over the moon” about scoring on his full debut.
“For me after I scored it was just a blur. It was brilliant. I thought all the lads were brilliant today but for me I am just over the moon still. I'm just going to see my family and celebrate with them.”
Winks celebrated by running straight to the sidelines for a hug from Mauricio Pochettino. After the match, Poche admitted that the feels were every bit as strong on the field as what it looked like on TV.
"That was a very emotional moment. When we gave the starting XI out, because he came through the academy, it was very emotional. He scored, played fantastically, he showed big character, it was fantastic for him.
"It was very emotional how we celebrated the goal, you can see how he feels Tottenham, it's fantastic for a player to come through the academy."
Winksy’s match and goal felt like the culmination of a narrative that started when he played in both preseason matches against Juventus and Atletico Madrid. You could see there was... something... about him. His goal against West Ham wasn’t exactly pretty, but it was a truly special moment for him. We’ll have to see whether this will mean an increased role for Harry in the starting lineup from here on out, but based on this match, he’s earned a good long look.