Former Premier League striker Dean Windass has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is talented enough to play for any top-four team.
Despite being a lesser-seen figure in his plans, Mourinho blocked any advances to loan the 10-cap England man in January, leading to the belief he may be given opportunities in the second half of the campaign.
However, having struggled to break into the side and amidst reports suggesting La Liga giants Atletico Madrid could make a move this summer, Windass has told Football FanCast that Winks is talented enough to play for any club in the country:
“You don’t become a bad player overnight. He’d get in any Premier League team, Harry Winks.
“Why would he want to go to Atletico Madrid as a young player? He’d get in any top-four team in my opinion as a sitting midfield player. Players want to play football and if he’s not in Mourinho’s plans, then he’ll move elsewhere.
“It doesn’t come down to money anymore. It’s about how many trophies can I get. That’ll be an opinion of Harry Winks, he’s a baby.”
Winks is certainly approaching a career crossroads this summer, with the desire to play regular football likely to be at the forefront of his thoughts.
The lack of game time this season looks set to rule the cultured midfielder out of contention for this summer’s European Championships – having previously been held in high regard by Gareth Southgate – a situation he will be desperate to avoid moving forwards.
Valued at £19.8m (as per Transfermarkt), Winks has already played 167 times for Spurs during his career and therefore does have plenty of experience, so he could be a desirable asset across the Premier League should he be made available.