Former Premier League star Kevin Phillips has insisted that Harry Winks will still be sold this summer despite starting for Tottenham Hotspur last week.
The ex-Sunderland man suggested that Tottenham need to ‘make sure he is fit’ in case ‘someone is going to buy him’ before the transfer window shuts.
Football Insider also revealed last month that Winks was in talks to leave Spurs this summer in order to join another Premier League side. New head coach Nuno Espirito Santo reportedly gave the potential departure a green light.
Despite the rumours surrounding his future, Winks has featured in Spurs’ last two games, albeit only coming on for the last minute against Wolves on Sunday.
The midfielder, however, started and played the full ninety minutes of Spurs’ first leg play-off in the Europa Conference League where they fell 1-0 to Pacos de Ferreira (Transfermarkt).
Phillips stayed firm on the topic, suggesting that, despite getting minutes, Winks leaving Spurs is still a possibility.
He told Football Insider: “Every player needs minutes on the pitch. If someone is going to buy him, they need to make sure he’s fit.
“I also think there is an aspect of he’s in the shop window now, not that it went to plan on Thursday. Whether it’s a loan or a permanent move, he needs to go.
“If he is wanting to go, I wouldn’t be surprised if he asked to play.
“He probably wants to show everyone what he can do.”
If Spurs have to sell to buy, Winks is certainly a player that should be considered. He is at a good age and English. With the emergence of Skipp, Winks’ position will be no more than rotation.
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