Harry Winks is on the cusp of experiencing something he did not even dare dream about when he was growing up as a Tottenham supporter.
The midfielder has overcome a groin injury, which needed surgery and has kept him out since early April, and looks set to be involved in Spurs’ Champions League final encounter against Liverpool in Madrid.
Winks, whose family are all lifelong Tottenham fans, played a small part in a big European night for Spurs nine years ago, when he was a flag-bearer ahead of the 2010 Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.
The prospect of playing a much more significant role in the Spanish capital is something he is still getting his head around.
“Being a Spurs fan makes this 10 times more special for me,” Winks said.
“To be part of a team that has got to the Champions League final with Tottenham is something, honestly, I would never have dreamt of doing. To have the opportunity to say that.
“But to have been a part of the team and to have played as many games as I have done in the Champions League, to be part of this amazing side and this incredible era for Tottenham, honestly, it’s a true privilege.
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to do that and if we can go all the way then we’ll make history and it will be fantastic. It’s something that we believe we can do as well.”