Winks comes clean after scoring from 53 yards in Tottenham’s rout of Ludogorets


Harry Winks has confessed that his 53 yard screamer was in fact a pass seeking out Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale.

The north Londoners won for the fifth consecutive game as they saw off Ludogorets 4-0.

Winks scored their third just after the hour mark with a diagonal strike that lopped over the visitors goalkeeper.

But the midfielder has come clean and admitted that he was trying to find the Welshman, but has no issue in taking the goal instead.

He told BT Sport: “I’d love to sit here and say that I did, but I’ve got to be honest and say no. I saw Gaz (Gareth Bale) run in. I’ll take it at the end of the day.

Harry Winks hits the ball from over 50 yards out

“It has been a while (since I last scored) but I am happy with the way the team played.”

“It was really enjoyable. We started with the right intensity because we didn’t give them any chance to be breath. It was a good game for us.”

Winks has struggled for opportunities in recent months having fallen down the pecking order.

But as he pushes for more minutes is aware that he needs to take the opportunities when they come.

His diagonal pass ends up in the back of the net

“It is tough. It is very difficult,” he added. “All I can do is when I get opportunities like this is play well.”

One man who took his chance was striker Carlos Vinicius who scored a brace.

The Brazilian was a summer recruit from Benfica and will spend the season on loan in the capital.

His compatriot Lucas Moura then rounded off the scoring in the 73rd minute to keep Tottenham on track for the knockout stages.

Tanguy Ndombele was the only man from the weekend to keep his place in a much changed team, but Jose Mourinho was more than impressed with those who deputised.

Carlos Vinicius and Lucas Moura also got on the scoresheet

He said: “I am happy for them, some players had really nice performances. Japhet Tanganga had his first match after long injury, nice chance for the kids to make history. 4-0 and three points, that’s good.

“I know the kids well. Harvey White works with us every day in our squad, same as Jack Clrke, Dane Scarlett did pre-season with us.

“We know what they can do but it has to be the right moment and today was the right pressure for them.”


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