Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho could look to sign a more physical replacement for Harry Winks in the transfer window, according to their former striker Darren Bent.
The England international started the midweek game at Old Trafford but struggled to make much of an impact before being substituted after 70 minutes (BBC Sport).
Bent believes that the 23-year-old struggled physically in the fixture against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and indicated that he wouldn’t be surprised if Mourinho went out and signed a midfielder with more strength to beef them up in the middle of the park.
When discussing Winks’ performance against the Red Devils, Bent told Football Insider: “I think that [Scott] McTominay and Fred bullied him a little bit.
“Harry Winks has done well the last few weeks, he’s maybe not featured as much under Mourinho but physically, he got bullied.
“I wonder if Mourinho’s going to look for somebody like a [Nemanja] Matic. I know people will go: ‘Why would you go back to that old-style player’, but sometimes you need someone in there who’s a powerful presence and Matic is that.”
Bent is certainly right when he says that Winks wasn’t great against Manchester United on Wednesday as when you look at his statistics for that game, they make for poor reading.
Indeed, he lost possession six times, was dribbled past on one occasion and failed to make a single key pass during his time on the pitch (via SofaScore).
Added to that, in his 14 appearances this season, on average he wins just 53% of his ground duels and makes just 1.4 tackles per game (SofaScore).
Stats like that could well encourage Mourinho to do just as Bent has suggested and bring a midfielder in who is more of a ball-winner and will give them more physicality in the middle of the park.
At the moment they are leaking goals, having shipped eight in their last four in all competitions (Transfermarkt), so they certainly do need to tighten up – and adding a stronger holding midfielder could help.
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