An update has emerged on Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks and his potential exit from the club in the summer transfer window…
Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has revealed that the club remain locked in negotiations with the Toffees over an exit for the England international.
Both teams want the move to be permanent but there is currently a disagreement over when the transfer will become a full-time arrangement.
“Tottenham & Everton still in talks over Harry Winks transfer. Tottenham want a permanent deal. Everton want loan deal with [a] permanent obligation. Winks [is] aware he’s not in Conte’s plans. # keen to do deal with Everton. Richarlison is admired by Fabio Paratici but no bids so far.”
Spurs supporters will surely be delighted by this news as it suggests that any move for the midfielder will be on a permanent basis.
Fans will not want to see a situation unfolding that sees Winks go out on loan for a season before coming back and then needing a transfer this time next year. It would be another year of wasted wages – depending on the loan agreement – and effort by the club as he has shown that he is not good enough to be a valuable first-team player.
In the Premier League last season, played 19 times and failed to catch the eye with many impressive displays for Antonio Conte. He won 51% of his duels and was unable to average a tackle and an interception per game in midfield.
Winks completed 88% of his attempted passes but had a success rate of less than 50% with his attempted chipped passes and crosses – whilst completing 92% of passes in his own half – as he struggled when he was asked to progress the play.
This came after he averaged a poor SofaScore rating of 6.66 in the 2020/21 campaign – showing that he has been unable to kick on since breaking through into the first-team as his performances have not been good enough to win him a regular starting spot.
Former Spurs skipper Graham Roberts previously criticised the dud’s playstyle, saying: “He’s gone Mr Conservative, he plays simple, and if I don’t give the ball away, I’m a great player.
“You’re not, he’s become an average player, and that’s being fair.”
These comments align with his statistics from last season and suggest that a change in scenery may be good for him. Perhaps the pressure of playing for Spurs, as an academy graduate, was too much for him to play with freedom and a move to Everton will allow him to express himself.
Either way, Tottenham fans will be delighted by the prospect of him leaving on a permanent basis – whether that is this summer or as part of an obligation for it to happen next year.