Alasdair Gold has written on Football London that he expects Harry Winks to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The 26-year-old initially showed plenty of promise under Spurs manager Antonio Conte, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November.
In fact, Nuno had effectively exiled the England international from his squad a few times, prompting the player to admit he was unhappy in North London.
And although Conte once again got an air of Winks, the Hotspur Way academy graduate has struggled again in recent months.
Winks even dropped Tottenham on Instagram earlier this month following a loss to Brighton & Hove Albion at home.
Here’s what Gold wrote for Football London this afternoon: “I think Harry Winks will probably switch to regular football this summer, but I think Conte would like a more attacking and creative player to complement his options and allow him to play a 3-5-2.
Reports from Italy last month indicated that Tottenham boss Conte could use him as a counterweight to help sign Valentino Livramento from Southampton.
And ideally, that’s what Lilywhites should be looking at.
Daniel Levy slapped a £40m price tag on him last summer, which for some obvious reason didn’t generate any real interest.
This summer, Tottenham would be lucky to get £15million for him and it makes more sense that Conte and Fabio Paratici could bring in a player in return, rather than just a cash deal.
But Gold is right – Winks will almost certainly leave North London this summer.
A departure absolutely makes sense for all parties and hopefully for the club they can sign Livramento.
In other news, just 2 goals; Nightmarish season for West Ham and Newcastle-linked striker