Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with manager Mauricio Pochettino having pledged his future to the club with a long-term deal last month.
The Argentine took over at the North London club back in 2014 after a short stint in charge of Southampton, and he has since transformed Spurs into one of the top teams in the country after delivering three consecutive top four finishes in the Premier League. And although the 46-year-old has yet to guide the club to a trophy in his four-year stint at the helm, many of our resident Tottenham fans are confident that he will be the man to do just that in the near future.
Subsequently, there are many optimistic and expectant Spurs supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking their club with a summer move for Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish.
And were the £4.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to make the move to North London during the close season, it could spell seriously bad news for current Spurs midfielder Harry Winks.
Ultimately, Grealish enjoyed one of the best seasons of his young career this time round in netting three goals and laying on six assists for Steve Bruce’s Villa, helping them reach the Championship play-off final, although they then lost 1-0 at Wembley to Fulham.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old has earned many rave reviews for his efforts and appears to have developed a maturity previously unseen in the early stages of his career, with Tottenham reportedly keen on the former England Under-21 international.
And given the already talented options available to Pochettino in the midfield department, be it slightly deeper in the form of Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, and Victor Wanyama, or indeed in the more advanced role with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Grealish will only serve to bolster those ranks, both for the present and indeed for the future.
And that will only serve to push compatriot Winks even further down Pochettino’s pecking order.
The 22-year-old looked set to go on and have a big season when he was a regular in the Spurs side up until December, and alongside a fine performance on his senior England debut in Lithuania in October, a World Cup spot looked on the horizon for the midfielder.
However, injuries have thwarted his progress and since seen him fall down the pecking order at both his club and indeed for his country, and Grealish’s arrival this summer, even if he often plays in a slightly more advanced position, will only serve to make things worse for Winks.
And while Dembele could well be on his way out of the club this summer, Pochettino often used Eriksen in a slightly deeper role in the latter stages of the campaign to suggest that he could be the ideal replacement for the Belgium international, as opposed to 22-year-old Winks.
And with Eriksen’s possible move further back likely to open the door for someone like Grealish to command regular football in the more attacking roles behind Harry Kane, Winks could well struggle for first team minutes next time round, with the Villa man’s possible arrival likely to spell bad news for the Spurs midfielder.
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