Kevin Phillips has admitted that he can see Harry Winks potentially moving to Spain next summer, insisting that the Spurs midfielder’s style of play would be well suited to the demands of La Liga.
Winks has fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham over recent months, struggling to even make Jose Mourinho’s matchday squads in the Premier League.
Reports indicate that the 24-year-old may speak with chairman Daniel Levy about potentially leaving the club on loan next month as he is concerned that he might not make the England squad for the European Championships in the summer if his predicament at Spurs continues (Telegraph).
However, Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has suggested that there is ‘no chance’ of Spurs letting the midfielder leave on loan next month since it could leave the team short of options in midfield in the event of injuries.
Meanwhile, The Athletic have claimed that there is interest in Winks from Spanish clubs.
Phillips has said that he can see the England international potential thriving in La Liga.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “As a ball player, I think Spain would suit his game.
“He is not about the hustle and bustle. He likes to get on the ball and has a great range of passing.
“My only criticism is that he needs to be more adventurous with his passing. A lot of it is sideways passing, it is too safe.
“Going abroad would help him and I think it would suit his style a bit. We have seen other players going abroad and flourishing.
“I could definitely see it happening because the style of play would suit Harry Winks even though I would prefer him to stay in England.
“I never like to see great players leaving the Premier League but it is clear that he is not going to play week in, week out at Tottenham.
“I assume that if he becomes available a number of Premier League teams would be interested.”
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There is no doubt that Winks would be better suited to La Liga than the Premier League. However, I would be surprised if a Spanish club snaps him up next summer as I suspect he will still attract plenty of interest in England. His value to Premier League clubs will be higher because of his homegrown quota, which is why I expect a club like Everton or Aston Villa to be willing to pay a higher fee for the 24-year-old than La Liga clubs would be.
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