An update has emerged on Leeds United target Harry Winks, regarding his plans for the January transfer window.
The report claims that Winks is unhappy with his current situation in north London and is hoping to seal a temporary move midway through the campaign to kickstart his career.
Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa must work hard to ensure that they can seal a swoop for Harry Winks in the January window. Spurs reportedly valued him at £30m in the summer and it is difficult to argue a case for that being a worthwhile move, but a loan transfer – as has now been suggested – could be ideal for the Whites.
Winks has fallen off over the past 18 months at Tottenham and is now struggling to get a look in under Nuno Santo, with one Premier League start this term, which suggests that he is not worth risking £30m on in case he is unable to get back to his best.
However, a loan would allow Leeds to see if Bielsa could work his magic and revive Winks’ career before potentially signing him permanently in the summer. He could coach him into becoming the ideal partner for Kalvin Phillips, which could forge an enviable duo in the middle of the pitch.
Back in 2019, ex-Spurs and Leeds player Paul Robinson lauded Winks as England’s best option in central midfield. The 41-year-old said:
“He gives you so much more than the other England midfielders.
“For me, I think Harry Winks is one of the best of the bunch. He dominates the game, defensively and offensively he offers you both and his ball retention, the stats speak for themselves.
“A fit Harry Winks is an important selection for England.”
This illustrates how influential Winks can be at his best. Robinson clearly felt that he was Gareth Southgate’s best option in that area of the pitch two years ago, despite the likes of Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Ross Barkley and Fabian Delph being involved at the time.
Therefore, the £91k-per-week beast could be a great partner for Phillips in midfield.
He has the quality, as Robinson said, to dominate a game and he could do that alongside his fellow Englishman. Phillips has averaged 3.1 tackles and interceptions and a pass completion rate of 84% in the Premier League this season, showing how he is able to boss the midfield by winning the ball back and being able to play in possession.
If Bielsa can get Winks to those sorts of levels then it could be an inspired signing by Leeds. If not, then he would return to Spurs in the summer and the Whites could look elsewhere, which is why this is an ideal signing for the club to make and one that Orta must complete.