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‘Please keep him’: Some Spurs fans react as player Mauricio Pochettino deemed ‘perfect’ linked with exit

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‘Please keep him’: Some Spurs fans react as player Mauricio Pochettino deemed ‘perfect’ linked with exit

A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have given their thoughts on the report claiming Spurs are in talks with Valencia over a potential January switch for Harry Winks.

The 24-year-old has come through the ranks at Spurs and has made 159 competitive appearances to date, registering three goals and three assists.

He played 41 times across all competitions for Tottenham in the last two seasons, but found himself somewhat out of favour under Jose Mourinho at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

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This term, Winks has 16 appearances under his belt, but just seven of those have been in the Premier League, though he has started Spurs’ last two top-flight games.

In addition, Mourinho said before Christmas there was “no way” the England international – contracted until the summer of 2024 – would be leaving in January.

This hasn’t stopped transfer talk from emerging, however, and AS have now claimed that Valencia and Spurs have been discussing the availability of Winks this month.

Spurs are reportedly open to letting Winks leave, while the midfielder is said to like the idea of heading to the Mestalla stadium.

However, talks are believed to have stalled, with Valencia reportedly unwilling to meet Tottenham’s demands.

The report states that Spurs are only willing to let Winks leave on a permanent basis, and Valencia are unwilling to pay their asking price.

The £50,000-a-week midfielder is a talented player who has looked much better in recent outings, and a combination of more game time and Mourinho’s prior “hands-off” comments would suggest he’s not going anywhere.

 

On the other hand, does Mourinho see Winks as a player who can cement a regular starting XI spot as one of the first names on the team sheet? And could Winks’ head be turned by the prospect of getting regular game time right away elsewhere?

Here is what some Spurs fans have made of the speculation about a footballer who former boss Mauricio Pochettino said had the characteristics and profile of “the perfect midfield player”:

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