Walker urges Tottenham to keep Pochettino
In addition, Thomas Tuchel's maiden season in charge at the Westfalenstadion has been of a standard that they would leading most any European league not involving Bayern Munich, a club with whom they drew 0-0 at home in the Bundesliga last weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli's suspension from the Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the teenager who has had an outstanding debut season.
Both sides sit second and five points off the top in their respective leagues, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino controversially opted to make seven changes to his team and paid the price in Germany.
Both the teams head into the match in similar situations domestically- second in the league table and having drawn against their bitter rivals ahead of the game.
"I am not the kind of person who always hopes for the easiest opponent and then to somehow scramble our way through. I just want to take that next step now and that's to play a few more minutes and generally kick on".
Spurs are still expected to announce a strong line-up tonight, as they have taken the Europa League seriously all season.
However to unlock his huge potential, Pochettino must see that loaning Winks out will give him the best chance of proving himself.
'I like the way they play but I think that it's a good challenge for us. They have a good team, good players.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (groin) is Thomas Tuchel's only real injury concern as he aims to extend Dortmund's superb home record this season, in which they have lost just once, when PAOK defeated them 1-0 in the final match of the group stages.
As shared by the club's official Twitter account, Spurs chose to hand youngster Joshua Onomah the chance to start, a risky move against a powerful and prolific Dortmund squad. Erik Lamela and Moussa Dembele are also amongst the substitutes.
DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Durm, Piszczek, Bender (Subotic 58), Hummels; Schmelzer, Weigl; Castro, Mkhitaryan, Reus (Ramos 82); Aubameyang (Kagawa 82).