Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has told talkSPORT he ‘misses’ the old-school grandeur of White Hart Lane – but their new £1billion stadium is beginning to ‘feel like home’ already.
Spurs demolished their home of 118 years in 2017 to make way for their new state-of-the-art ground, which finally opened its turnstiles to supporters earlier this year after a long delay.
With its modern design, focus on fans and high-tech facilities – bottom-up beer taps anyone? – the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has got even rival fans’ tongues wagging.
Having grown up with the Lane as a second home, as a young fan and as a player, Winks admits he was sad to see the old stadium go.
But he has hailed the club for keeping its spirit alive in their new ground, saying the team already feel settled despite only playing seven games there so far.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday, Winks said: “Do I miss White Hart Lane? Yeah, it was an iconic place.
“It was where I scored my first ever goal, I watched games there all through the years when I was young, it was an incredible place.
“You could always feel the crowd on top of you, especially when you were playing well.
“At some stadiums you can hear the crowd but you can’t quite feel it on top of you, whereas at White Hart Lane you could always feel it.
“It’s similar at the new stadium. When you’re on the pitch it feels like the fans are there with you.
Harry Winks on talkSPORT:
“What they’ve tried to do is make the pitch and stadium as similar as they possibly could on a bigger dimension and a larger scale. It still feels like home when you go there.
“It’s only been eight games, but it sort of feels like we’re still at White Hart Lane.
“It feels like our home already.”