Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes Harry Winks’ only chance to make it to the England European Championship squad is to leave Tottenham in January.
Winks, 24, has been a regular with Spurs’ Premier League side, making 57 appearances in the past two seasons. However, he has only had four outings and three league starts this term.
Manager Jose Mourinho preferred to use the England international in the Europa League, granting him five starts. But, according to Campbell, that won’t be enough to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Euro 2020 has been postponed until next summer due to the pandemic, giving Winks time to impress. However, it may be at another club, with limited opportunities in North London.
“Harry Winks is an England international in his own right, but he’s not always a part of this Spurs squad,” Campbell said. Football insider. “He’s young enough to know if he likes his chances of becoming a Spurs starter. He may think that in order to continue his career he has to leave.
Mourinho flirted with the idea of Winks sale in Manchester City in summer. But Hemel Hempstead’s ace stuck and his long-term future is still unclear.
Too many midfield bosses
Mourinho has many options in the middle of the park and it’s hard to see where Winks fits. It appears behind Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in hierarchical order.
Priced at around £ 40million by the Lilywhites, Winks is a favorite of Spurs loyalists. Campbell believes the youngster will be having the New Year and that there will certainly be plenty of suitors.
“Winks has not been the first pick this season and that could prove to be a problem,” he added. “With the Euros to come, he will have international ambitions.
“He’s going to want to be on this team, so there’s no point sitting on the bench or sitting in the stands. From what I hear, I think he will have to move in January.
Although popular in the stands, there is a feeling the supporters will give Mourinho some leeway with Winks. Spurs are in second place in the best player rankings and have been asked to mount a challenge for the title.
It could mean sacrificing the schemer – either on loan or permanently. But the Premier League trophy would appease fans and give the Portuguese tactician the club’s legendary status.
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