Report: Nuno prepared to give Mourinho fringe player the chance to impress

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New Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is prepared to give Harry Winks the chance to prove his worth this season, according to ESPN.

Winks was heavily linked with a loan move to Valencia in the January transfer window after finding regular first team football hard to come by under former boss Jose Mourinho but a move failed to materialise.

Tottenham have been linked with a host of midfield options including AC Milan’s Frank Kessie and Marcel Sabitzer of RB Leipzig, with the club said to be keen to bring in at least one new face to improve Nuno’s options in the middle of the park.

Winks only started nine Premier League games last season, having found himself often either not in the squad or on the bench which ended up with him being overlooked for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 (transfermarkt).

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Winks has gone backwards at a rate of knots over the past 18 months having seemingly peaked as a 21-year-old with his impressive performance against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2017.

On that evening, he ran with the ball well, showed his tenacity and was brave in asking for the ball in areas that would have put Spurs in trouble if he made a mistake.

The Harry Winks we have witnessed under Mourinho is a shell of his former self who typically either plays the ball sideways or backwards, if Nuno is prepared to give him the opportunity to impress, he needs to step up fast and show he is still worthy of a place in our squad.

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