Tottenham debutant explains Winks’ words of advice

Date published: Friday 8th December 2017 10:02

Tottenham debutant Kazaiah Sterling has explained how Harry Winks helped him through his first game.

Sterling made his first ever first-team appearance for the club in the 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL in midweek.

The striker was a late substitute in the 3-0 victory, and says Winks had a helping hand in his first minutes for the club.

“Winksy told me beforehand that as soon as he was on the ball, make the runs and he will find me and thankfully he did,” Sterling told Tottenham’s official website.

“I think the team put in a solid performance. It was great to see GK [Nkoudou] and Fernando [Llorente] get their first goals for the club and for Kyle [Walker-Peters] to make his first appearance in the Champions League as well.”

Sterling’s appearance was delayed, with the ball staying in play longer than expected, meaning he replaced Dele Alli in the 88th minute.

“I just wanted the ball to go out!” he said. “I heard the crowd cheer when it finally did! To be fair, waiting on the side felt longer than when I was warming up and the game was going on.

“I was very focused on the game during that time, though, and thinking about what the manager said. He told me to be confident, be tough, keep it simple and when there’s a chance, express yourself.”

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