Leeds United are unlikely to change their stance on Harry Winks after turning down a move for the midfielder this summer, according to the reliable Phil Hay for The Athletic.
The Lowdown: Leeds turn down Winks move
The Whites completed a few pieces of transfer business in the summer but one player they didn’t sign was Winks, who remained at Tottenham instead.
It is believed that Leeds had the opportunity to snap up the 25-year-old but opted against the idea, with Marcelo Bielsa seemingly not seeing him as the right fit.
The Latest: Hay provides update
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic after Leeds’ 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Saturday, Hay gave an update on the situation, admitting that he doesn’t see the club changing their stance on Winks.
In response to a supporter’s query as to whether the Whites could be interested in a January move for the midfielder, the journalist replied: “He was offered to Leeds in the summer, I was told, but Leeds didn’t want him. I’d be surprised if that’s changed.”
The Verdict: Not worth it
Winks is a capable midfielder but he has flattered to deceive for Spurs for a while now, appearing in the Premier League for just 61 minutes so far this season and failing to convince with his performances.
Given the fact that he is English, his transfer fee could also be bloated, and Leeds should be looking at superior players in the middle of the park, even if former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino once claimed that Winks was a ‘perfect’ midfielder.
If he were to come in as a replacement for Kalvin Phillips, for example, it would feel like a huge step down in quality – Winks averaged a 6.37 match rating in last season’s Premier League from WhoScored, compared to 6.51 for the Leeds maestro, whose rating has risen to a massive 7.93 this term.
In other news, three players disappointed in Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Wolves. Find out who they are here.
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