Dortmund clash is make or break acid test for unexpected Tottenham hero: view

OPINION

Tottenham have been dealt a rubbish hand this season with regards to injuries.

The list of absentees has been never-ending and ever-changing, and it has forced Mauricio Pochettino to call on players who might previously have been viewed as on the periphery.

One such man is Harry Winks, who has gone from occasional starter to crucial first team regular over the past few months.

The England international has proven himself to be a solid option in the middle of the park, as well as an inventive distributor with a mature head on his shoulders.

Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund could be his biggest challenge yet, however. The Bundesliga leaders are in irresistible form, and if Spurs are to overcome them they will need their new midfield general to be at the very top of his game.

There’s no doubting that Winks can pull it out of the bag, and that he has on several occasions before now, but this will be the first time that the wait of expectation is justifiably on his shoulders, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to that pressure.

You would expect him to thrive, as he has done all season, but there are no guarantees in football.

If he can pull out a top drawer performance, however, it could herald the start of a new chapter for the 23-year-old – one where he is finally recognised as one of the most integral and gifted English midfielders in the modern game.