Winks sets benchmark for rising stars

31 Jul 2017
Harry Winks, Spurs

Ahead of the PL2 season we continue charting five players who up-and-coming stars can follow in 2017/18

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After the Premier League 2 fixtures were released on Thursday, we look at five breakthrough talents from PL2 who the 2017/18 crop can look to emulate.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielder Harry Winks enjoyed a dream full debut when he scored in a 3-2 London derby win over West Ham United in November 2016.

It was a reward for the hard work put in since he joined the Tottenham Hotspur Academy in 2012.

My journey: Harry Winks

Winks made the jump up to PL2 level in 2013/14 after scoring four goals in 14 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League.

He continued to shine over the next two campaigns, with each of his 27 PL outings coming in the starting XI.

His performances led to a senior Premier League debut as a late substitute against Liverpool last August, a taste of what was to come for the then 20-year-old.

After scoring at White Hart Lane on his first start – a goal that he celebrated with a touchline embrace with Mauricio Pochettino – Winks went on to 21 Premier League appearances and 33 in all competitions before injury struck in early April.

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