Winks reveals ‘honest’ chat with Mourinho turned his form around

first_imgSTRAIGHT-TALKER Jose Mourinho has put Harry Winks back on the right track.The Spurs midfielder revealed a quiet word from the boss is behind his timely improvement ahead of the business end of the season for club and country.2 Harry Winks revealed straight talking Jose Mourinho put him back on the right trackCredit: AFP or licensorsWinks has played the full 90 minutes in nine of Tottenham’s last ten games and said: “From the beginning I was a little in and out.“The manager pulled me, we were having a couple of words and it was all just an honest, light-hearted conversation that he does with every player.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs“The manager did tell me what he thinks I needed to do. It started with training, just to up my levels in training.“I just think my whole level and just the intensity as well, which I said to the manager that I agreed.“It is something I went back and did it. He is honest enough to tell me.“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.“His honesty is something that everyone appreciates and respects massively.“Just like everyone, still now I have to earn his trust because I know that with one or two poor performances I could be back out and someone else back in.”Winks had known only Mauricio Pochettino as head coach at Spurs, so it was natural that he, and others, would take time to adjust to the demands of Mourinho.But the England international is relishing the opportunity to develop his defensive and tactical qualities — especially when they lead to big results like last month’s 2-0 win over champions Manchester City.Winks said: “Since the new manager has come in, he has been brilliant with everyone, he’s lifted everyone, tried to inject a bit more confidence in the team as well, and for myself too.“He prefers defensive shape and being organised. That is something we needed to improve on anyway because we were shipping too many goals.2“When we play Man City, De Bruyne is very good at getting in the pockets behind full-backs and it was maybe my role to track that area and pick up that space and stop them from utilising his ability to cross from there.“Maybe another game might be to be more front foot and more aggressive in the pressing. Every game we have a different kind of tactical strategy and it is not just bog standard, rigid.“It is great to be able to have those different kinds of tactical elements of my game to add to it.”England boss Gareth Southgate will hope to benefit from the education Winks is receiving from Mourinho.English football has struggled to produce, and rarely celebrated, midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta, the heartbeat of Spain’s World Cup-winning side.Winks has been compared to both and said: “People like Michael Carrick get a lot of recognition after they retire and they are more players’ players as such.“I think in England especially there is always an impetus to straight away look for the attack-minded players, to look at the goalscorers and the people who get the assists.“But every team needs that someone who can be that link between both defence and attack.”The success of Winks in that role may be crucial to England’s chances of success at Euro 2020.But before all that, he and Spurs need to focus on getting goals — and the next ten days could define their season.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himToday’s home game against Wolves is important to their hopes of securing Champions League football next season.On Wednesday they host Norwich in an FA Cup fifth-round tie and the following Tuesday they go to Leipzig for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.Winks said: “It will be a difficult task to do well in all three. 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