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Tottenham Hotspur Midfielder Is On Atletico Madrid’s Radar: Should Mourinho Cut Him Loose?

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In a recent report, Sky Sports has mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is on Atletico Madrid’s radar this summer. It is believed that the Spanish outfit are one of the teams showing interest in recruiting the Spurs midfield ace if he becomes available this offseason (via Sky Sports).

Winks’ Lack Of Game Time At The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium This Season

Winks has endured a difficult season under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship after only managing to earn playing minutes sporadically over the past eight months. The Hemel Hampstead-born talent has made 24 appearances for the North London giants this term, finding the back of the net twice and grabbing two assists on all fronts.

The English sensation deserves credit for being a bit consistent in Europe where he is averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 1.3 shots, 1.3 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in this UEFA Europa League campaign before Spurs got eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb last month. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution as he has completed 90% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

The 25-year-old is not a big part of Mourinho’s first-team plans, so it makes sense for the player to seek a move elsewhere in the hopes of regular game time in the coming seasons. He is yet to hit his peak but is good enough to be a constant feature at the highest level.

Tottenham Hotspur's Winks is on Atletico Madrid's radar (Winks is seen in the picture)
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What Are The English Midfield Ace’s Best Attributes?

Winks has transformed himself into a decent holding midfielder during his time with Spurs. He can react to danger quickly and is proficient at clearing his lines when needed. The ten-time England international can time his tackles well to secure the ball back for his team.

Furthermore, he is a decent passer of the ball and can create some meaningful openings for others around him. However, Winks needs to be more fruitful in terms of his goals and assists tally in the final third if he intends to take his game to another level. He has struggled to be productive with his performances this season which could be why he is not a big part of Mourinho’s first-team plans anymore.

Should Spurs Cut Winks Loose This Summer?

Winks’ current deal with Tottenham is set to expire in the summer of 2024, so Mourinho has no immediate need to cash in on him. Maybe a loan move away from the English capital for Winks this summer could be the way to go for both the player and the North London club as it will offer him the chance to play regularly next season. Spurs would be better off waiting for Winks’ market value to increase before selling him off permanently in the future.

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