Rangers have been linked with an English midfielder recently, and he could give Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s his own version of a Ballon d’Or nominee at Ibrox.
The Tottenham academy graduate has struggled for regular game-time since Antonio Conte’s arrival at the north London club, starting just eight league matches under the 52-year-old. It seems likely that he will be moved on this summer, with reports suggesting that he could cost around £20m, although Rangers may well explore a loan deal.
The 26-year-old has made more than 200 appearances for Spurs in his career so far, and while his form hasn’t been the best in recent years, regular football at Ibrox could see him get back to his best.
While he doesn’t offer much goal-scoring threat, Winks is extremely adept at keeping the ball, with WhoScored suggesting that his main strengths are passing, through balls and interceptions.
This is very similar to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who is also very strong at passing and playing through balls. The Italian’s performances in 2021, where he enjoyed Champions League and European Championship success, were enough to see him rank third in last year’s Ballon d’Or.
FBRef also suggests that Jorginho is the most similar player to Winks in terms of style of play, so the Englishman could definitely add some real quality to Van Bronckhorst’s midfield this summer.
Winks will be keen to have regular game-time if he has any aspirations of earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad and could establish himself as a key player at Ibrox if given the opportunity to make the move north of the border.
Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for the midfielder in 2019, saying: “He deserves the praise because the whole action is amazing. He recovered the ball like a full-back, we started to build from the back and then he arrived for the cross from GK, which was fantastic – we have to praise him too.
“It’s amazing, amazing, because we were talking in the last few weeks that he had to score and to have more presence in the opposition’s box because he has the quality to do it.”
If Winks can get back to his best with Rangers, there seems little doubt that he would be a quality addition, so Van Bronckhorst should definitely look to bring him in this summer.