Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has suggested that English middleman Harry Winks should leave Tottenham Hotspur in search of first-team football.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, the former Leeds United man said: “Well, you can’t speculate to who, but I think the player should want to go because he wants to play.
“That’s unfortunate with a club like Spurs; they did have an awful lot of players and I would have thought that [with Jose] Mourinho being allowed to bring in the players that he has done, he’s going to have to balance the books somehow, with allowing players – the fringe players – to go out on loan or to get them off the books permanently. So, Winks is one of those.”
It has been over six years now since Winks made his debut for Spurs as an 18-year-old under Mauricio Pochettino in a 1-0 win against FK Partizan Belgrade (per Transfermarkt).
Since then, the 24-year-old midfielder has made as many as 155 appearances for Tottenham, but he has only managed to bag three goals and two assists for the north London outfit.
The Englishman began this season making four appearances in the club’s opening five Premier League matches, however, prior to Sunday’s defeat to Leicester City, he had not been seen in the league since the middle of October.
Should Harry Winks leave Spurs for first-team football?
No, he should stay
Yes, he should go
Palmer continued: “I mean, Mourinho is pretty clear in his preparation, he’s pretty clear in his focus of who he wants and who he doesn’t want and he’ll be very clear about that.
“He’ll be very clear to the players who’s in his plans and who’s not in his plans. You’ve seen that with Danny Rose, he’s very clear.
“If you’re not in his plans, he’s not going to mess you about. So, that’s down to you, then, to decide what you want to do.”
In the five Premier League appearances which Winks has made for Spurs so far this season, his performances have not been the most inspiring.
As per WhoScored, he has earned a 6.19/10 average rating, and that has made him the second-worst performer in Mourinho’s squad in the league this term.
So, with the January transfer window on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what happens with the midfielder.