Harry Winks likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur in search of regular game-time
According to the Hackney Gazette, Harry Winks looks set to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.
He is likely to push for a move away from north London in hopes of securing more regular game-time. The Spurs product endured a restricted 2020/21 season under both Jose Mourinho and interim head coach Ryan Mason.
Winks started just nine of his 15 Premier League outings after being resigned to a seat on the bench. The 25-year-old only featured once between losing 3-1 at Liverpool on January 28 and beating Southampton 2-1 on April 21.
Winks is likely to be met with a struggle to establish himself under the new Tottenham manager next season, too. Oliver Skipp will return to Spurs after impressing while on loan with Championship winners Norwich City.
The north Londoners are also expected to target a holding midfield to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. A new face is sought after to allow Tanguy Ndombele the freedom he needs to play on the front foot.
Adding another number in front of Winks could spell the end to the England international’s time at Tottenham. He is unlikely to settle for a back-up role again, having already expressed frustrations at his situation (Sky Sports).
Manchester City had lined up a move for the Hemel Hempstead-born anchor last summer (The Sun). Pep Guardiola is a serious admirer of Winks’ talents but was met with a £40million asking price by Daniel Levy.
Valencia also targeted Winks on loan in January as former boss Javi Gracia was a fan (Daily Mail). Everton, too, sought a deal but would now face competition from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla (Mirror). Levy has lowered his demands to £15-20m, though.
TBR’s view: Winks right to leave Tottenham
Winks was a favourite under Gareth Southgate while earning regular minutes at Tottenham. But his fall from grace has led to the midfielder being left out of the England squad for Euro 2020. He is now right to look to leave north London to get his career back on track.
The Spurs product should not be short of suitors if the past year is anything to go by. Much will depend on which sides are willing pay Levy’s heavily reduced asking price. But the admiration he has from coaches like Guardiola should work well in Winks’ favour.
Winks also earned praise from pundits such as Jamie Redknapp while featuring frequently under Mourinho. His comments could now offer prospective buyers more reason to strike a deal. The former Tottenham midfielder told The Sky Sports Football Podcast:
“I think Harry Winks’ introduction to the team has made a major difference. I said it four of five weeks ago, I didn’t like the balance in midfield. Harry Winks is the glue, he’s the player that makes everyone else tick, he gives [Giovani] Lo Celso licence to get forward as well.”
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