Without their talismanic striker – out until March with another ankle injury – it fell to Winks to win it at the death at Craven Cottage with his first goal in two years.
Tottenham might have picked up another three crucial points but it came at a cost with Dele Alli joining Kane on the treatment table with a hammy twang.
And with Son Heung-min at the Asian Cup – the second time this season the South Korean has chosen country over club – Tottenham’s decision not to buy a single player in the past two transfer windows looks like it will come back and haunt them.
As for the game it was brutal for Fulham who had run themselves into the ground and deserved a point to aid their grim battle against relegation.
The Cottagers are in big trouble because players are not doing their jobs at vital times and both goals they conceded came from terrible defending – an air-kick from Tim Ream for the first and Joe Bryan failing to sense danger and get goal side for the winner.
Despite everything Spurs found a way to their record 11th away win of the season and deserve credit for that – but how long can their resolve hold? Surely they HAVE to dip into the transfer market to cover the absences of three of their biggest stars?
Mauricio Pochettino has some big decisions to make – he is desperate for his first piece of silverware and the club’s first since the league cup in 2008 – but slipping out the top four and going into their new stadium with no Champion League football would be a disaster of Brexit proportions.
His road to success always seems to be under construction – quite literally when you take into account the delays in moving to their new home.
The club need to prioritise and fast. Lock down top four – now no longer a given considering Manchester United’s resurgence – or go for glory so they can dust down that trophy cabinet. They simply do not have the numbers to do both.
And selling Mousa Dembele to Chinese side Guangzhou leaves me as confused as a goat on AstroTurf. Why make your paper-thin squad, tissue-paper thin?
IN almost any other year, Liverpool would be nailed on to win the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men set a new club record by edging Crystal Palace 4-3 – sitting pretty with 60 points from their first 23 games to beat their previous best tally of 59 set at the same stage of both the 1893-94 and 1987-88 campaigns.
But the Reds find themselves doing this in a season in which the points totals for the teams in second and third are unprecedented.
A team with a points total as big as Liverpool’s could usually expect to have a lead in double figures at this point but with a gap of only four points to second-placed Manchester City, the Reds do not have that luxury.
Instead the Kop side have 15 games left – 15 cup finals with destiny in their own hands. But City are refusing to give up their title without a fight and their 3-0 win at managerless Huddersfield kept their hopes alive.
Liverpool fans have seen too many false dawns to get over-excited, although in boss Klopp they have a smart leader who refuses to talk titles.
But don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has set Manchester United the target of 10 straight wins after equalling the records of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti.
The Norwegian interim boss put fans in seventh heaven with victory No 7 coming against Brighton and has now challenged his rejuvenated players to see off Burnley, Leicester and Fulham in the Premier League.
His success is making a mug of Mourinho – remember Jose that once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
AND finally Maria Sharapova was jeered by the crowd at the Australian Open after taking a controversial seven-minute toilet break as she struggled against home favourite Ashleigh Barty.
The time-wasting tactic proved as unpopular as the former golden girl of tennis turned drugs cheat and didn’t work as she crashed out 4-6 6-1 6-4.
Surly Sharapova then moodily refused to answer questions on her long loo visit and the fact she has seemed to struggle now she can no longer take meldonium which was put on the banned list on January 1, 2016.
It was a valid question as since her return she has only reached one Slam quarter-final and one she should have answered. But she obviously thinks she’s above such criticism. I hate Russian dolls. They’re so full of themselves . . .