Harry Winks has vowed to do all he can to keep his place in the Tottenham lineup after admitting it has been an “up-and-down” season – and hopes it could end with a trophy.
Winks was jettisoned from Jose Mourinho’s Premier League side earlier in the season. He also played only a bit-part role in the Europa League group stages.
He has fought his way back into the side, starting the last two Premier League games. But he admits it has been a difficult campaign.
“It’s been a bit of an up-and-down season for me so far,” he said. “I’ve had some good games when I’ve been in and I’ve had a few games where I’ve been left out and not been involved, which has been difficult.
“Every time I get the chance to play I want to play well and stay in the team, and that comes from working hard and performing when I get the chance.”
Spurs are two wins away in the Carabao Cup from ending a 13-year trophy drought. Brentford and Manchester United or Manchester City stand in the way of silverware.
Winks was at Wembley when Spurs beat Chelsea to win the League Cup in 2008. But he says the squad are not bothered by the constant reminders about how long it has been since they won a trophy.
‘Still want to win a trophy’
“I was in the stand with my dad,” he said. “We were in the top tier at Wembley and I remember being there for an hour after the game watching all the players celebrate on the pitch.
“It would be brilliant if we could do the same this season.
“We don’t take too much notice of what people say about that.
“We’ve wanted to win a trophy every season, regardless of what people have said. Every footballer in the world wants to win trophies and we’re no different.
“We obviously know there has been a bit of hype around Tottenham not winning a trophy for so long. But that hasn’t changed our mindset. We still want to win a trophy.”