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Southampton: Saints linked with Harry Winks

Southampton have been linked with a summer move for Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Winks, and if he were to make the move to St Mary’s, he could form an excellent partnership with James Ward-Prowse in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s midfield.

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, Southampton are keeping tabs on the Spurs academy graduate ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to improve on their midfield options ahead of next season.

It is suggested that the north London club could look to cash in on Winks in order to fund a move for Marcel Sabitzer, with the Englishman having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, losing his place in the England squad ahead of Euro 2020 as a result.

Would he be a good signing?

Since making his first team debut at Spurs as an 18-year-old in 2014, Winks has gone on to make 167 appearances for the Lilywhites, in which he has contributed four goals and four assists.

Would Winks be a good signing?

Yes

Yes

No

No

He was a regular under former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentinian labelling him “amazing” in 2019, but he has seen his playing time significantly decrease under Mourinho.

This season has seen him make just 10 appearances in the Premier League, in which he has averaged a less than impressive 6.38 WhoScored rating for his performances, which rates him as the worst player in Spurs’ squad of those who have made at least 10 appearances in the top flight.

Therefore, it is easy to see why Spurs might be willing to sell him this summer, and it seems clear that Winks needs a fresh start in order to get his career back on track and perhaps earn a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England side.

It is perhaps unfair to judge Winks in a Mourinho team, considering he is a player whose best asset is his passing, when the Portuguese boss has often allowed other teams to dominate possession against Spurs this season in the hope that his side can will the ball back and counter effectively through the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.

However, in a team such as Southampton, where possession seems to be more of a priority, Winks could prove to be an excellent addition.

Certainly, if the 25-year-old were deployed in a deeper role alongside Ward-Prowse, it could allow the Saints captain freedom to push further forward, with Winks perhaps dropping in between the centre-backs to collect the ball and start attacks.

He would also add a different option to Ibrahima Diallo and Oriol Romeu, who are both better described as ball-winning midfielders, so Martin Semmens should definitely consider a Southampton swoop for the £19.8m-rated Winks this summer.

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