Rafa Benitez has acted methodically and shrewdly in the transfer market to date, completing deals at a cut price, rather than splashing the cash wildly at Everton.
As a consequence, he’s turning himself to another move which could be done relatively cheaply this summer.
Everton have already signed Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray but there is still plenty of business left to do.
The Toffees are now attempting to bolster their options in the middle of the park with interest in Harry Winks being revealed. Fabrizio Romano revealed on his Twitch stream on Thursday evening that a move is a possibility.
That came at a similar time to the Beautiful Game podcast claiming on Twitter that: “Everton have submitted an enquiry for Spurs midfielder Harry Winks. Spurs have told the player that he can leave the club this summer. THFC looking for a fee of around 25mill.”
Everton already have a number of midfielders at their disposal with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies all in their ranks. That’s without reckoning on Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who is finally returning from injury.
With that in mind, one has to question whether Winks would actually be worth the price tag.
After all, many supporters have already been left angered by the performances of Tom Davies, who was relatively under par last term. He failed to score all season and only provided one assist during an inconsistent campaign for the 23-year-old.
His defensive play also failed to set the world alight, registering 1.2 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game. Those numbers aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination but his force and aggression has nothing on a player like Doucoure, for instance.
Winks is a similar player, so spending £25m on him would fail to make much sense.
The England international was impressive a few years ago, being described as a player who “dominates the game” by Paul Robinson.
However, since becoming a regular in the England setup, he has slipped out of the team and failed to impress at Spurs. Winks didn’t contribute to a single goal last term and, like Davies, was mediocre from a defensive point of view.
Consequently, fans would surely be perplexed if Benitez completed this deal. It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest they may be rather livid, too.
The Everton hierarchy surely have better ways of spending that sum of money than on another midfield player.