As the Premier League draws to a close this week, plenty of decisions will need to be made at Tottenham Hotspur – not at least over their vacant managerial position.
But there are also many players who could be playing for their futures, even if 29-year-old caretaker Ryan Mason isn’t going to be around next season.
One of which is Harry Winks, who did himself no favours during Spurs’ disappointing 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
The 25-year-old midfielder has struggled for minutes, particularly in the top-flight, where he has only started eight matches whilst he is also out of contention for England right now.
Last month, reports emerged linking Winks with an exit from North London this summer. The Mirror claim Atletico Madrid are keen on him but they face competition from La Liga rivals Villarreal and Sevilla, all of whom could offer the Englishman a fresh start.
And this week, he endured another difficult outing, raising question marks over whether he should ever play for the club again, especially amid the uncertainty over his future.
There were plenty of players at fault against Villa, as big names like Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Sergio Reguilon all looked hugely underwhelming but it once again became apparent that Winks really doesn’t offer Spurs much – if anything at all.
The £26m-rated midfielder is passenger-like and laborious in possession at times.
Spurs were crying out for a midfielder with a bit of quality that could bring the game to Villa – strangely, Tanguy Ndombele was sat on the bench, with Winks being preferred.
He was hooked after 74 minutes, however, having failed to provide any sort of influence on the game.
As per SofaScore, Winks failed to register a single key pass from 38 attempts, made just one of his three long balls, and committed three fouls.
In addition to that, the Lilywhites academy graduate was dribbled past twice and committed one error leading to a shot, only further showing that he struggled to combat the attacking threat on offer from Dean Smith’s side.
Winks even lost possession once every six touches – or once every 7.4 minutes, and lost 50% of his duels – not what you’d expect from someone who should be dominating with the ball at his feet.
Alasdair Gold questioned his selection in his post-match ratings column, where he claimed that the 5 foot 10 dynamo failed to justify his selection, and that was backed up by Dan Kilpatrick in the Evening Standard as he suggested that Spurs looked the better side when the Frenchman came on in his place.
He has failed to manage above a 6.57 average WhoScored rating in any of his five Premier League seasons, including a career-low of 6.33 this term.
Winks is shockingly average and should have no future in North London, regardless of who Daniel Levy hires as his next manager.
The 25-year-old must never play for the club again after that shocking display.