If there’s one thing the current England generation lacks, it’s genuine quality in central midfield.
Jordan Henderson is the best of a bad bunch, but his partners always seem to struggle immensely with one side of the game and can never really get going enough to give England a chance.
Harry Winks though, has the skillset that a lot of the top European nations rely on for their midfields. The Spurs man is a great technician on the ball, keeping possession ticking over and doing well against a press. In a side that wants to control possession, he’s exactly the type of midfielder you need.
He’s not big and strong, or lightning quick, but he can hold his own in those aspects and with the experience of playing in the Premier League is no stranger to coming up against bigger, more physical players.
With Tottenham seemingly willing to let him leave during the January transfer window, La Liga outfit Valencia have shown the most interest in making a deal happen.
According to Guillem Balague, the Spanish side have offered a loan deal to Tottenham for Winks but the north London side have rejected the terms. Reports say that the club are willing to pay the entirety of his wages, but the loan fee amount that Spurs are demanding has put the deal at a stand still.
Winks is reportedly happy at the club, but wants more regular playing time for the second half of the season as he looks to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s plans for Euro 2020 this summer.
While he has come through the Spurs academy and will no doubt have a bit of love and respect for them, he needs to put himself first in this instance.
Spurs have surely made the decision to let him move on, even on loan, because it is what’s best for them. Now they have decided that they’re not going to receive enough money, even though they don’t want the player and it’s a temporary move, leaving Winks in limbo.
Fans and media seem to look down on players who force a move away, but they forget that this is their career and it’s short. Players want to play as much as possible and if clubs don’t care about the fact they committed to a contract, why should players?
Winks would shine in La Liga, especially in a side that likes to control the ball in the midfield area. He would be able to come into a side, get regular minutes and play in a league that suits him better stylistically.
If Winks is serious about making an impression on Southgate and getting into the England squad, he should jump at the chance of moving to Spain and make sure Spurs allow a deal to be done.