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Unexpected: A 79-touch ‘struggling’ player has won 9 defensive battles and was Conte’s shining light


Tottenham were held to a draw by Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday as they wasted a number of gilt-edged chances to score, writes the FFC.

Harry Kane notched just his second league goal of the campaign for Spurs to open the scoring, before headers from Jota and Andy Robertson put the away side ahead. Heung-Min Son sealed a point with his strike, but the attacker, along with Dele Alli and Kane, had enough chances to put the Reds to bed to claim all three.

Robertson was shown a late red card for Liverpool as VAR overturned the initial yellow card he was given by referee Paul Tierney for his challenge on Emerson Royal.

Whilst Kane was able to find the back of the net with his strike to break his duct at home in the Premier League, another player was the shining light for Antonio Conte’s side – Harry Winks.

The midfielder came in for Ollie Skipp and was given an opportunity to catch the eye in the middle of the park alongside Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli. He grasped his chance with both hands and sent a clear message to the Italian head coach – give me more minutes.

If he can continue to put in performances like the one he has just produced against the Reds then he could go on to become a crucial player for the club this season. He was high-intensity, high-quality, all match and was constantly hassling Jurgen Klopp’s side to disrupt their play before getting on the ball himself and starting attacks.

Defensively, he was superb. As per SofaScore, he prevailed in nine defensive battles; making one clearance, one tackle, four interceptions and three blocks, whilst also winning four of his seven duels.

This shows how much effort he put into his defending as he was consistently getting in the way to stop Liverpool from creating chances, which Conte will surely be delighted with as it provided the forwards with a solid base upon which to build from.

On the ball, he dictated the game at times. As per SofaScore, he had 79 touches of the ball and completed an impressive eight of his 13 attempted long passes. This shows that he wanted to be in possession and kept trying to switch the play to create new angles and cause problems for the Liverpool defenders.

Therefore, Winks was Conte’s shining light on Sunday as he was excellent at both ends of the pitch and showed that he is capable of producing an all-around display in midfield.