Pochettino: Harry Winks can be England's answer to Xavi or Andres Iniesta

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Winks will have to manage pain from a persistent ankle injury for the rest of his career but believes the young midfielder retains the potential to be England's answer to Xavi Hernandez or Andres Iniesta.

Harry Winks is looking to secure his spot in Spurs' midfield after terrible luck with injuries 

Mauricio Pochettino says he has the potential to emulate the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta

Pochettino said: 'Harry has all the profile of the midfielder - perfect. But I don't want to talk too much and praise him because if so, his head (grows big). His perception will be "wow" and the reality is you still need to prove it.

'But the characteristics are perfect to play football. When we talk about midfielders, you like to use Spanish midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta. He's like this type of player, this capacity, but please he needs to take in a very positive way my words. He needs a lot of work.

'He has the possibility and the potential of course but now it is up to him and we go again: mentality. In his mind he is capable to learn about suffer, there never is enough training, always try to be better. Football is his focus, not business that are around football. 

Pochettino describes Winks as the 'perfect' type of midfielder but insists he has a lot to learn

'Maybe (if he learns this) he will arrive to play in a very good level and be one of the best midfielders in England. It is not my advice, it is only how I describe the reality. If he wants to take it, take it. If people don't want to take it, we cannot help. But of course his potential is to be a very, very good player for England and Tottenham.' 

Pochettino also warned that Winks would have to overcome the psychological barrier of playing through pain at times during his career.

The Spurs boss added: 'If you ask all the players today, it is impossible to play without pain in some point of your body. You use your body for work. You push your body from a very young age. It is not a healthy sport and you always try to push your body and touch and cross the limits sometimes.

'For him, it was new. He had a serious operation last summer and of course that is something that will always be there. The psychology is that you have suffered and are not free. You need to learn to live with this situation and he is now much better and stronger in his mentality. I am sure he will make a step up. It is only time to get to his best for the team.'

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