Former Tottenham defender, Alan Hutton believes that Harry Winks needs to have an honest conversation with Jose Mourinho about his future if the midfielder continues to be overlooked between now and the January transfer window.
Winks has been left out of Tottenham’s matchday squad in two of the club’s last three Premier League games and was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win over Brighton three weeks ago.
He has been handed plenty of minutes for England during the international break but it remains to be seen whether the midfielder is still at the forefront of Gareth Southgate’s plans when the likes of Kevin Phillips and Jordan Henderson regain their fitness.
Winks admitted in an interview to Sky Sports this week that he needs games at Tottenham if he is to be a starter for England at the Euros.
Reports have also indicated that the 24-year-old may consider his future at the club if his predicament does not change between now and January (Telegraph).
Hutton believes that, with the Euros coming up in the summer, the Spurs academy graduate may be one of several players pushing for a move in January.
The pundit told Football Insider: “I think over the coming months, you’re going to see a lot of these talks, especially when you’re coming up to a transfer window, because everybody’s got their eye on the Euros, everybody wants to be in the squad.
“It’s such a big season for a lot of players out there, especially the ones who are coming on after 60 minutes or are playing one game and back out and they want to be in their national teams.
“It’s coming up to a transfer window and there are going to be a lot of players who are going to have to make some big decisions and he’s one of them. Obviously, at Tottenham, the way they play with the two sitters, there’s a lot of competition in there.
“Hojbjerg’s come in and been outstanding, Sissoko’s done really well, it’s going to be difficult for him to get the minutes that he wants.
“He’s either going to have to sit down with Mourinho and say: ‘What’s my plan moving forward, am I going to be a starter? If not, I need to look elsewhere.’ That’s going to be a situation that’s going to arise for a lot of players.”