Retired English footballer Dean Windass has offered Southampton some advice regarding a possible move for Tottenham’s Harry Winks.
Windass has suggested that Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks could be a good signing for Southampton. The former Hull City star believes that Winks could come in and be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s holding midfielder, thus freeing up James Ward-Prowse to get involved in more attacks. He told This is Futbol:
“That would be a great move for him, Southampton will be up against it this year, but whoever comes in (at Spurs_ will determine who wants to keep Harry, but it will also be up to Daniel Levy.
“But should Southampton come calling, he could sit in front of the defence and he would allow Ward-Prowse to get forward.”
“I’m not sure what he gives Spurs.
”I think he’s too square with his passing. He goes backwards. He keeps the ball, but there’s no penetration with his passing and he was one of the major problems with Spurs’ performance today.”
Martin Semmens must avoid making an error by avoiding a deal for Winks. Football Insider have reported that Tottenham are willing to sell Winks for £30m this summer. Southampton should be going nowhere near that deal. Fans would hate it if the club broke their transfer record to bring in Winks when he has been underperforming at Spurs.
Winks would be Southampton’s record signing if the £30m price tag is accurate. According to Transfermarkt, Jannik Vestergaard currently holds that title following his £22.5m move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018. Southampton have signed a host of players valued between £15m and Vestergaard’s £22.5m, including successes like Danny Ings and Sadio Mane, and flops like Guido Carrillo and Mo Elyounoussi. £30m would blow all of those deals out of the water, though, and Winks’ recent form does not suggest that he would be worth it.
The £30m-valued dud averaged a dreadful WhoScored rating of 6.37 in the Premier League. This is after he managed ratings of 6.55 and 6.57 respectively in the two previous league campaigns for Tottenham, with all three of those scores lower than the ratings 10 Southampton players produced in the 2020/21 campaign. 16 Southampton players achieved higher scores than 6.37, which highlights how badly Winks performed for Spurs.
Winks has gone from being an England player to being almost an afterthought at Spurs and whilst some clubs, including Southampton, could be interested in taking a chance on him to help revive his career, the fact that Spurs want £30m means it would simply be too big a gamble. For that piece, Saints should be getting a player of genuine quality, not a declining cast-off who needs revitalising.
This is why Southampton fans would be livid if the club splashed out a record fee on Winks and why Semmens must avoid making a mistake this summer. Semmens should opt against making a move for Winks and, if he is looking at central midfielder, he needs to pursue alternative targets who either do not come with such lavish price tags or who have played at a standard worthy of such a large transfer fee.