This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for Amadou Diawara. The Napoli midfielder, 20, has been in fine form this season and has attracted the attention of Spurs with his impressive form. Sport Mediaset reported this weekend that Tottenham could even be willing to pay his whopping £52.4 million release clause.
That no longer looks to be the case. Diawara may be a player Tottenham would be lucky to have, but his agent has belittled the rumours. Daniele Piraino unleashed an impassioned tirade against the stories on RAI Sport, insisting no release clause existed and Diawara was not leaving.
Whilst some Tottenham fans will be disappointed to hear those developments, one man at Spurs who won’t be is Harry Winks.
The 22-year-old had an excellent 2017. After establishing himself as a regular member of the Tottenham squad he also earned his first England cap in October.
This season has however been tough on the player. Winks has been suffering with a persistent ankle injury since last April. Most recently it saw him pull out of the England under-21 squad. This season has therefore been stop-start for the player and he will be hoping to get a good pre-season under his belt and push for regular football again with Spurs next season.
The presence of Diawara would have been a massive stumbling block to his progression. The Guinea midfielder would have represented a massive investment that Mauricio Pochettino would have had to give a chance in the starting XI.
For Winks, the next few months are crucial. He must prove his fitness and finally get over this nagging injury trouble. After that he can start to show what got him into the Tottenham team in the first place.
Having a player of Diawara’s class and price-tag in his way would have certainly made Winks’ job much more difficult.