Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Harry Winks.
According to the Daily Mail, the Tottenham Hotspur star has apparently emerged as a prime target for the Magpies.
Winks has supposedly been looking to leave Spurs having not seen much game time this season.
There is big competition for places at Spurs, with youngster Oliver Skipp having enjoyed something of a breakout campaign.
Winks, though, was starting for Spurs today against Leeds United.
Prior to today’s match, he had only made two appearances in the Premier League, for a total of 61 minutes.
Antonio Conte suggested before the game that it was a big chance for Winks to stake a claim.
Spurs ran out 2-1 winners, and it was a mixed bag for the 25-year-old.
While he was fairly tidy in possession (he completed 41/49 of his passes), it was all a bit safe from the 10-cap England international, especially in the first-half.
None of them were ‘key passes’ and he lost possession 14 times – the fourth most of all the Spurs players.
One of only two of his dribble attempts were successful, and he didn’t have any efforts at goal.
Having said that, he was much better in the second-half, and Robbie Keane said on Sky Sports after the game: “First-half he was nowhere near the box. Second-half, Winks especially was very, very good driving with the ball. The first-half it was all safe and too nicey-nice.”
Newcastle can probably do better than Winks
Winks is a decent Premier League footballer.
But there are a lot of better options out there for Newcastle to target with their new wealth.
Winks was linked with a move to Newcastle before the takeover, and it just feels he should be left in the past.
He is essentially another Jonjo Shelvey, so there wouldn’t be much point in signing him.
Newcastle need someone who is more creative and more influential.