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Tottenham Hotspur TT Roundup: Harry Winks responds to claims, Jack Clarke could leave Leeds United and Real Madrid open up lines

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Tottenham Hotspur recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Winks responds to Pochettino claims

Harry Winks has responded to claims that Mauricio Pochettino has lost the Tottenham Hotspur players, claiming they are 100% behind the Argentine.

Reports from The Athletic claimed that the players of the club were ‘sick’ of Pochettino and his apparent ‘mood swings’.

Winks said: “He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights.” (Source: TEAMtalk)

Verdict

While Winks may claim the players are playing for the manager and are behind him, the performances on the pitch tell a different story.

Spurs have been plunged into crisis after they lost 3-0 away to Brighton and Hove Albion, making it just three wins from their first 11 games of the season in all competitions (via WhoScored). Indeed, this suggests that all is not well at the club as the results have been terrible so far this season.

Clarke could be on the move in January

Leeds United face the prospect of losing Jack Clarke, who could return to Tottenham, according to Football Insider.

Clarke could be leaving Leeds United in the January transfer window after it was revealed that Tottenham held internal talks over recalling the youngster.

There was a clause inserted in the player’s contract which allows the Lilywhites to recall the player in the winter window.

Verdict

The 18-year-old has endured a disastrous loan spell at Elland Road this season, making just two appearances in the Carabao Cup, and not a single league appearance (via Transfermarkt). Frankly, he needs to be recalled by the club or will face wasting a whole season of his career.

Real Madrid open lines over Eriksen

Real Madrid have opened lines with Tottenham over a potential deal for playmaker Christian Eriksen, according to Football Insider.

The Spanish giants wanted to sign the playmaker in the summer transfer window, however, were unwilling to pay Spurs’ asking price. A Spanish source told Football Insider that Real started to make a move through third parties.

Verdict

Given Eriksen’s contract ends in the summer of 2020, selling him in the January window would make a world of sense. It seems unlikely that the 90-cap Denmark international will sign a new contract at the club, having revealed in the summer he wanted to leave the club. Selling him would allow the club to make some money that can be better invested in a squad Pochettino was already looking to make wholesale changes to last season (via Evening Standard).

Tottenham fans, what do you think is happening between Pochettino and the players? Should you recall Clarke? Would you sell Eriksen in January? Let us know your thoughts!

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Tottenham Hotspur TT Roundup: Harry Winks responds to claims, Jack Clarke could leave Leeds United and Real Madrid open up lines
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