Jose Mourinho must consider getting rid of Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Harry Winks in the January transfer window, as the midfielder is now attracting interest from abroad.
According to Spanish news outlet AS, Valencia are interested in signing the 24-year-old on loan during this month’s transfer window.
The England international is also reportedly open to a move away, as he looks to secure regular playing time ahead of the European Championships in the summer, as he will surely be desperate to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Winks has struggled for game time in the Premier League this season, with just seven appearances in the top-flight to his name, in which he has averaged a shocking 6.34 rating, which ranks him as Spurs’ fourth-worst performer in the Premier League so far this campaign.
However, he has shown his class in his performances in the Europa League with the Lilywhites, having averaged a 7.16 rating across his five appearances, although this could be the case of the Englishman simply finding his level against inferior opposition.
Although he was solid enough in the 3-0 win against Leeds on Saturday, picking up a 6.8 rating from SofaScore, he was barely involved in Spurs’ attacking play, completing just 14 passes.
From a defensive point of view, he was able to win just three of his eight duels, resulting in a disappointing success rate of 37.5%, which begs the question – what does Winks offer in this Spurs side?
Earlier in the season, pundit Stewart Robson was heavily critical of the midfielder following Spurs’ 1-0 defeat against Royal Antwerp, saying:
“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.”
Indeed, it seems that, despite his recent run in the Spurs starting XI, Winks simply doesn’t offer Mourinho enough at the moment and he has better options available.
Therefore, if Valencia’s interest in the midfielder is genuine, then the Portuguese manager should consider loaning, or even selling, the £50k per week midfielder so he could get regular football in Spain, rather than perhaps being a bit-part player with the Lilywhites.
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