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Newcastle should target Harry Winks if Tottenham sign Frenkie De Jong

Newcastle should target Harry Winks if Tottenham sign Frenkie De Jong

Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed plenty of success in their organic effort to bring young players through the academy system and into the senior squad, but a recent report from Mundo Deportivo suggests they are hoping to sign a young talent emerging from another of Europe’s most prestigious academy systems. 

Indeed, the Spanish media outlet have reported that Tottenham have made a bid worth 50 million euros (£45 million) for Frenkie De Jong, but Ajax have rejected that offer along with a more modest bid from Barcelona. Considering De Jong is one of the brightest sparks in European football, it’s absolutely no surprise to learn of Tottenham’s interest.

The 21-year-old central midfielder has established quite the reputation throughout his development for his ball-playing prowess and confidence to use his forward-thinking vision with risky yet incisive passes. With a feeling of growing inevitability regarding Mousa Dembele’s departure from the club, it seems De Jong could well be the long-term replacement Mauricio Pochettino is looking for.

Barcelona’s interest in De Jong will make life difficult for Spurs but with a whole host of talented central midfield players already residing within Ernesto Valverde’s squad, the promise of first-team football may just swing De Jong’s decision in their favour, albeit, at the short-term expense of Harry Winks.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been mightily impressive throughout his development at Spurs, but he hit a wall in his progress last season with an ankle injury and a subsequent struggle to break into the first-team which restricted him to just 9 starts in the Premier League.

But there’s no doubt Winks is capable of becoming a first-team regular for a top Premier League side in the future, providing he is exposed to regular opportunities in the coming years.

Winks is in the midst of a crucial phase in his development in which regular first-team football will enable him to realise the true extent of his potential, but De Jong’s arrival could prevent him from starting on a regular basis at Tottenham.

With that in mind, Newcastle United would be wise to capitalise on the situation by submitting a loan bid for his services to add a box-to-box midfielder of genuine quality to their midfield.

Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Ki Sung-yeung currently provide the creative juices and defensive steel in midfield, but not one of the aforementioned players can match Winks in terms of overall quality.

Although a permanent deal would be in Newcastle’s best interests, Mike Ashley’s transfer history and Tottenham’s long-term plan for Winks are likely to prevent that from happening, so they would need to open negotiations with a realistic loan bid.

De Jong’s superior record in his career so far should be taken with a pinch of salt considering he has been playing his trade in the Eredivisie, but the statistics could ultimately count against Winks and force him to embark on a season-long loan to prove himself away from Tottenham before vying for a regular starting berth under Pochettino.

If that eventually proves to be the case, Rafa Benitez should be on hand to bring a game-changing player to St James’ Park.

Newcastle fans – thoughts on Winks? Let us know below!

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