Harry Winks could be handed shock Premier League debut against Arsenal, reveals Pochettino

Harry Winks could be handed shock Premier League debut against Arsenal, reveals Pochettino

The 20-year-old could line up for his first Premier League start when Spurs visit the Emirates on Sunday.

Oliver Emmerson

Harry Winks could be thrown in at the deep end on Sunday, with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting that he's considering handing the 20-year-old a first Premier League start away at North London rivals Arsenal.

With injury problems forcing rotation throughout his side, Pochettino may be left with no option than to field Winks if he wants to implement a specific gameplan, despite the youngster's inexperience. 

Winks in for Dembele?

Moussa Dembele is struggling with an ankle injury that saw him hobble off during Wednesday's Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen, whilst Dembele's obvious replacement - Eric Dier - is currently filling in for Toby Alderweireld in central-defence. 

With this in mind, Winks is in line for a start as Pochettino seems reluctant to pair Dele Alli in a midfield pivot with Victor Wanyama, whilst Christian Eriksen has also been used in the role, to little success.

A naturally deeper-lying player than Alli and Wanyama, Winks could be given the chance to impress agains the Gunners, having gained minutes against Liverpool and in the loss to Leverkusen over the past couple of weeks. 

Pochettino has trust in youngster

Still, it would be a gamble for Pochettino, who is hoping to arrest a winless run of six games for the Lilywhites. Speaking about the possible inclusion of Winks, the Argentine said "maybe it is a possibility for him to play," adding that "we can trust in him and this is very good news for us."

There was some positive injury news for Tottenham this week as Harry Kane returned to first team training, and he's set to be involved on Sunday, however there was more depressing news as Ben Davies and Erik Lamela only added to Pochettino's injury troubles. Having not won in six, the timing of Arsenal away isn't brilliant for Spurs.