Again, we've got to accept how we are currently setting up. His job in this system is to fundamentally carry water for the players ahead. And what he does better than Dier would in this system is receive the ball under duress, move it quicker and occasionally he can drop a shoulder and move away from the marker.Just because they were forward passes doesn't mean they were the kind of forward passes we would like to see from him. I want to see passes into space, key passes, one touch football, a bit of belief and tenacity when it comes to wanting to genuinely hurt teams.
I really like Winks but unless he kicks on a couple of gears he will soon miss his moment to cement his place as a starter for us. I think he'll end up being a good quality academy player and one that you can consider a good squad player but I have higher hopes for Skipp long term and think we need two new midfielders long term so I don't know where that leaves Harry.
I like him but he needs to take more genuine risks and he needs to be prepared to lose the ball in order to make stuff happen. Killer passes required from him in his development years, I want him to kick on a lot more than I'm seeing
If he gets moved into Sissoko's 8 role, which was his more natural type role, then yes definitely he would need to take more risk and be more creative. But so far he's mostly really played this central hold/distribute role, or in the CM2, again as the more "holding" type.