In July of 2015, Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Harry Winks signed a contract extension with Spurs through 2018. Today the club announced that the Spurs academy graduate has signed again, this time for a deal that will keep him around until 2021.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Mauricio Pochettino clearly sees Winksy as part of the future of Tottenham’s midfield. Winks has only made a single short appearance for Tottenham this season – a one-minute cameo at the end of the 1-1 draw against Liverpool – but it’s obvious that Winks is highly regarded by Mauricio Pochettino and the entire Tottenham coaching staff. It’s one reason why players like Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason were moved on but Winks has stayed around.
Winks said he was pleased to sign the new deal in an article posted on Tottenham’s website.
"To be offered a new contract is the icing on the cake and I’m delighted. The manager has done some excellent things with the young players here, including myself. He likes to push us all, he wants to get the best out of us and I believe I’m improving every day.
"I’m young and hungry but I haven’t done anything yet in football. I’ve still got a lot to do and a lot to prove. I will continue to work hard throughout my career but at this moment in time, I can’t get carried away with anything. I’m here to work, here to help the team and this contract reflects that.
"Hopefully I can push on and get more game time this season and, fingers crossed, it will only go up for me from here."
Details about Winks’ wages were not disclosed.
We won’t see much of Winksy this season, in all likelihood. He’s probably the fifth central midfielder in the pecking order behind Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, and maybe even Moussa Sissoko. But, he’s only 20 years old and has a lot of time to be brought along carefully. With luck, we might see him play this Wednesday in the League Cup match against Gillingham.
Spurs are also reportedly working on new contracts for Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen, and Harry Kane.
Way to go Winksy!