He might not have the flair but it would seem Harry Winks has been an unsung hero for Tottenham and should be a constant for Pochettino this season.
Wyscout data as reported by football.london puts Winks top of the most passes made by a midfielder with 283, which is the equivalent of 79.84 per 90 minutes.
That means he’s ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba, Jorginho, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabinho, who are supposedly the league’s best at dictating games with their passing abilities.
In the entire league, Winks ranks second in passes per 90 (79.84) with only Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte (81.3) ahead of him with.
His accuracy has also been noteworthy as well with 94% of his intended passes successfully finding a man (via Whoscored).
While Winks might appear to be safe on the ball, Wyscout actually has him ranked highest for passes played into the final third, with 54 or 15.24 per 90 so far.
Winks has seriously grown into the holding midfield role of late and is surely in line to keep his place in the team for the foreseeable future.
For a team to have someone so comfortable on the ball regardless of the situation is a big thing.
Winks’ ability to control the tempo of games has improved so much, and his technical abilities further strengthen his case to be a regular.
The statistics really do show what an important member of the starting XI he has become.
And if Spurs are to keep any hopes of a top-four finish alive, Pochettino would have to show total faith in the Englishman.
On the national front as well, Harry Winks has been tipped to fill the “midfield” void that has been existent a while now.
For a long time England have been crying out for a midfielder capable of controlling a game, the sort Winks, 23, is widely expected to become for club and country.
The lack of one has cost Southgate in some of the biggest of matches his England side have played, such as last summer’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia and this year’s Nations League semi-final against Holland.
If Winks can be consistent with his performances and perhaps improve his numbers even further, he could be a “golden” candidate for both club and country.
In the reality that they could still lose Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, holding on to any player with a creative edge should be key to Pochettino’s plans.