Pundit thinks ‘time has come’ for 26-year-old Spurs player to leave the club

Paul Robinson has urged Harry Winks to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer in order to get his career back on track. 

Winks struggled to get starts under Nuno Espirito Santo earlier this season, with the Portuguese coach preferring to pair Oliver Skipp with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle of the park.

The 26-year-old has put in some promising performances when opportunities have come his way under Antonio Conte.

However, he has continued to play a bit-part role over the last couple of months despite the injury to Skipp, with January signing Rodrigo Bentancur making himself undroppable.

The Daily Star reported last month that Winks is not in Conte’s long-term plans and the likes of Southampton and Crystal Palace are keen on snapping up the midfielder this summer.

Robinson believes the Spurs academy graduate needs a fresh start away from his boyhood club, insisting he is now at an age where he needs to be playing week in, week out.

The former Tottenham number one told Football Insider about Winks: “Hojbjerg and Bentancur are the preferred partnership.

“You always worry about players adapting when they come to the Premier League but Bentancur has settled in brilliantly. He’s been an excellent signing.

“He demands a starting spot every week. It is him plus one and at the moment it is Hojbjerg. Winks has found it hard to get into the team. It looks like the time has come for him to move on.

“He needs to be playing every week given the stage he is at in his career. He needs a manager who will show him a bit of love and play him every week.

“Hojbjerg and Bentancur are the first choice right now. Hojbjerg has not been consistent this season but he is playing really well at the moment. Bentancur is the one setting the bar.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

I still believe that Winks has some very useful attributes that make him a valuable squad player to have. The midfielder is a good option to bring on from the bench when we have the lead need to retain possession of the ball.

However, one would expect 26-year-old to push for a move this summer given his lack of game time over the last two seasons. I can see him thriving at a possession-based side like Southampton, Leeds or Brighton.

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