Aston Villa should perhaps be on alert following reports from The Telegraph this week concerning Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.
Winks’s future in North London is currently looking uncertain. He has not played 90 minutes in the Premier League since September. And his most recent appearance in the top flight came almost a month ago.
The Telegraph is now reporting that Winks could look at his situation during the January transfer window. That would certainly suggest that a move could be on the cards if he remains on the periphery of Jose Mourinho’s plans.
If he is to leave, it would be little surprise if Tottenham preferred a loan move. The 24-year-old is still developing. And he has shown in the past that he has real potential.
And if he is available on loan, perhaps the Villans should be one side that makes a move.
Dean Smith’s men have been outstanding so far this term. But they could arguably do with greater depth in the middle of the park as they look to build on their brilliant start.
Douglas Luiz and John McGinn have been excellent. However, Winks – who earns £50,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – would surely be a fantastic addition. He is versatile enough to play in a couple of roles in Smith’s system.
Villa, of course, have had real success after loaning Ross Barkley from Chelsea. And the loan has allowed Barkley rediscover his best form.
That loan move has worked well for all parties. And taking Winks for the rest of the season could be similarly beneficial for Villa.
It may also be the kind of move that gives Winks the best chance to get his Spurs career back on track.