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TT Battle: Adrien Rabiot vs Harry Winks

With Mousa Dembele no longer at Tottenham and Victor Wanyama continuing to pick up injuries, sooner or later, Mauricio Pochettino is likely to push for a new midfielder to be brought in.

And one name the Argentine is said to have in mind is Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot with France Football (via Metro) reporting White Hart Lane could be a possible destination for the 23-year-old.

With that in mind, how does Rabiot compare to one of Tottenham’s current midfield options, Harry Winks?

Adrien Rabiot

Banished from the first team with his contract set to expire at the end of the season (Goal), Rabiot’s career at the Parc des Princes is all but over, which will come as a massive disappointment to PSG.

The Frenchman came through the youth ranks at the Ligue 1 champions after previous stints at Manchester City and Creteil, and brought a lot to the first team once finally making the step up.

A very versatile midfielder, Rabiot retains possession well, can carry the ball and provides so much energy in the middle of the park.

At a bargain price now or on a free transfer in the summer, Tottenham would be getting an absolute steal if they manage to land the France international.

TT Grade: B

Harry Winks

The latest Harry to show that he can be a match winner for Tottenham following his header at the death in his side’s recent 2-1 Premier League win over Fulham, Winks made a name for himself last season with a very mature performance against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League.

Since then, however, injuries have prevented the 22-year-old from going on to stake a real claim for a starting XI spot.

Though, of late, Winks has featured frequently now that he has returned to full fitness, giving Pochettino another effective midfield option.

Winks is an astute passer who is small and agile enough to dribble himself out of tight spots. But as well as that, the England international is also a midfielder who plays in a very intelligent way, constantly looking over his shoulder and scanning the pitch before receiving the ball from a team-mate.

TT Grade: B

TT Verdict:

Looking at their attributes and potential, Rabiot and Winks could one day form a world-class midfield partnership at White Hart Lane.

The duo would complement each other nicely in the middle of the park, and Daniel Levy would be silly not to at least consider exploring the idea of bringing Rabiot to north London.

Having already raided PSG for Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura, the Tottenham chairman must now make it a hat-trick.

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