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Robinson Urges Leeds United To Sign Tottenham Hotspur Ace: Can He Shine At Elland Road?

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Jack O’Brien
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During an interview with MOT Leeds, Paul Robinson has tipped Leeds United to sign Harry Winks. The former professional believes that the Tottenham midfielder could be a successful signing for the Whites, as he is a big fan of his footballing style.

“He’s a great player, I rate him really highly. He’s been unlucky at Spurs not to get more game time because I think he could get in any of the top-six sides. He’s a great player. If he came to Leeds, it would be a real coup. Harry Winks and Ben White would be a great start to the summer and I expect Leeds to spend big again.”, Robinson told MOT Leeds.

What Can Harry Winks Add To The Table? 

A central midfielder by trade, Harry Winks has had a steady downfall at Tottenham in recent years, especially since Jose Mourinho’s arrival. He is not particularly favoured by the former Chelsea manager, who prefers a more robust approach in the middle of the park.

As a result, Mourinho has often preferred players like Japhet Tantanga and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ahead of Juan Foyth and Winks. The latter is certainly a technique-oriented midfielder who relies on his technical prowess and positioning.

Indeed, the 25-year-old is an excellent distributor of the ball and can be compared to ex-Dortmund prodigy Julian Weigl. Although not exactly compete in physical duels, Winks possesses great awareness when it comes to his passes while he is also capable of threading long balls forward.

The Englishman would sometimes drive forward with the ball, though that has a scarce phenomenon under Mourinho, who usually prefers his midfielders to remain deep. Hence, it might be time for Winks to move on and find a new club in the hopes of reviving his career in the Premier League.

Paul Robinson has tipped Leeds United to sign Harry Winks - Is he cut out for the job?
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Is He A Good Option For Leeds United?

As Robinson rightly pointed out, Harry Winks could be a smart investment for Leeds United and for multiple reasons, as the Tottenham star can offer some much-needed backup for Kalvin Phillips in the number six role.

The midfielder, though, is unlikely to be considered as a second fiddle and could instead partner Phillips in a potential 4-2-3-1, provided both the players are fit. It could greatly improve Leeds’ quality in possession, albeit at the expense of an additional number ten in the final third that could hurt their overall chance creation.

Yet, the Englishman should be a good investment as he has proven himself in the Premier League and can improve his offensive game that could help Marcelo Bielsa accommodate him in the usual 4-1-4-1. Alternatively, the Argentine tactician could deploy Phillips forward with Winks in the sitting midfield role.

Either way, the 25-year-old should offer a host of tactical possibilities for Bielsa, although Leeds United’s pursuit of Winks could largely depend on Tottenham’s valuation of the player this summer.

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