Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho factors two players into Harry Winks transfer stance
Tottenham ‘feels like home’ says Harry Winks
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t want Harry Winks to leave in the January transfer window, according to reports. The England international is unhappy with his lack of game time in north London this term, having been restricted to just six Premier League appearances. But it appears he won’t be going anywhere in the New Year.
Winks played 31 times for Tottenham in the Premier League last term.
However, the 24-year-old has been frequently overlooked by Mourinho this season – with the former Chelsea and Manchester United managers preferring the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg instead.
Winks is reportedly unhappy with his current situation at Spurs, knowing he needs to play more regularly if he’s to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championships.
Yet CBS Sports say Mourinho is reluctant to let him go.
That’s because he feels that, should something happen to Sissoko or Hojbjerg, then he’ll very little options in the middle of the park.
One player who could be on the move away from north London, however, is Dele Alli.
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When Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager in October 2019, he made getting the best from Alli one of his top priorities.
However, the former MK Dons midfielder has struggled for form and is currently out in the cold in the capital.
Pochettino is primed to become the next manager of PSG, who confirmed the sacking of Thomas Tuchel earlier in the week, and has been tipped to come to the midfielder’s rescue.
But with Christian Eriksen available, the Inter Milan star could rock up at the Parc des Princes instead.
Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle recently opened up on Winks and Alli, admitting Mourinho had the pair’s future in his hands.
“When Jose first arrived, you thought Tanguy Ndombele was going to leave the club,” he said.
“But he ended up making up with Jose, is in the team now and would have started against Arsenal if he was not injured. So I do not think Dele Alli should be thinking that is it for him at Spurs.
“Harry Winks is also a good little footballer who needs to play if he is going to get in the England squad.
“So there is Winks and Alli, whose futures are in the hands of Mourinho.
“Then when they play it is up to them to save their careers. What a wonderful thing for a manager, to know there are players chomping at the bit to show you what they can do.”
Hoddle also hailed Hojbjerg for his performances following his summer arrival from Southampton.
“I did not like him when I first saw him arrive,” he said.
“I was not sure about him and whether he was a Tottenham type of player. But the style of Tottenham has changed and Jose Mourinho is stamping his authority on it.
“He is the perfect Jose Mourinho player – to sit in there, destroy and keep things ticking, he never gives it away, keeps it simple, he is a leader, a talker, he will do the nasty things, the hard graft.
“He enjoys doing all that and he does it well. You would not want to play against him. That is the best thing I can say about him.
“He understands that there are better players than him and he gives them the ball. He has done a great job and he is one of the players Jose would least want to lose to injury, because of what he does for the team.”
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