Harry Winks makes his first competitive appearance in 239 DAYS as he debuts for Sampdoria

Harry Winks is playing his first competitive game in 239 DAYS as he finally makes his debut for Sampdoria… but the Spurs midfielder on loan can’t help the Serie A contenders slide to yet another defeat after a late heartbreak

  • Harry Winks joined Sampdoria from Serie A on loan from Tottenham in August
  • But an ankle problem has kept him sidelined until now after undergoing surgery
  • Winks returned after 29 minutes against Empoli on Monday as his side lost 1-0
  • Sampdoria are 19th and have only won two games in the league

Harry Winks made his first competitive appearance since May on Monday when the Spurs midfielder on loan finally returned from an ankle problem that kept him sidelined for Sampdoria.

The midfielder joined Serie A in August but underwent ankle surgery in November, which left him out of action for the first five months of his loan spell.

But the 26-year-old made his long-awaited comeback on Monday night in Empoli, playing 29 minutes for Sampdoria in a 1-0 defeat.

Harry Winks made his long-awaited Sampdoria debut in Serie A on Monday night

Harry Winks made his long-awaited Sampdoria debut in Serie A on Monday night

Sampdoria – who is 19th in Serie A after 18 games of the season – appeared level in the 96th minute until the goal was ruled out by VAR for a handball in the build-up.

While it was another disappointing night for Sampdoria, Winks left a relatively positive impression.

According to FBref.com, the midfielder completed 16 of 22 passes and made four tackles, while at least a corner of the Italian media also had kind words for him.

Genoa today rated the player a 6/10 that night and named him one of their best players of the competition.

Harry Winks will be looking to help a Sampdoria side who have only won two games this season

Harry Winks will be looking to help a Sampdoria side who have only won two games this season

“It is clear that he is a quality player, even if he has always been injured,” they wrote. “Good starting point to create order and some quality in midfield.”

Winks joined Sampdoria after spending his entire career at Spurs before seeking a move to seek more regular playing time.

He’s made just nine league starts in each of the last two seasons, often forced into a supporting role in north London.

He brings a strong pedigree to Sampdoria for the relegation battle as he has played 203 games for Spurs and won 10 caps for England.

Winks completed 72.7 percent of his passes against Empoli as Sampdoria lost 1-0

Winks completed 72.7 percent of his passes against Empoli as Sampdoria lost 1-0

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