Noel Whelan has urged Harry Winks to go on loan to a lower-half Premier League club in January in order to get regular game time under his belt.
Winks was linked with a move away from Spurs during the summer transfer window after he struggled for game time for the majority of last season under Jose Mourinho.
However, the 25-year-old ended up staying put at his boyhood club, with The Sun reporting in the summer that he was keen to fight for his place under Nuno Espirito Santo.
The midfielder has been unable to force himself into the starting eleven so far, having started just one Premier League game this season.
The Times reported earlier this week that the midfielder is looking to leave Tottenham on loan in January in order to rejuvenate his career.
The midfielder was alleged to be of interest to both Aston Villa and Everton over the summer but both clubs were thought to be put-off by Spurs’ £40m asking price for the England international.
Whelan has now suggested that Winks would be better of joining a bottom-half club on loan rather than the likes of Villa or Everton if he is to play every week and prove his worth.
The former Leeds striker told Football Insider: “I think both Villa and Everton will assess where they are in January. Both sides have depth in his position at the moment.
“But you never know, there could be a situation with injury or with form which could mean they go back in and get Winks on a loan deal.
“You can never have enough backup, but Winks will want a loan during which he can play regularly.
“They’ve both got good squads and competition for places at the moment.
“He could be better off going to a team in the lower half of the table if he wants to play 90 minutes week in, week out. It wouldn’t do him any harm in the England reckoning.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Winks evidently needs a fresh start and a new challenge to rediscover his lost confidence. However, given Tottenham’s involvement in the Conference League, I do not see the club loaning out the 25-year-old in January unless they manage to bring another central midfielder in.
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