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Unlikely January deal could be great news for this 21-year-old Tottenham star

Tottenham supporters have been slightly downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times such has been their side’s poor run of form in the Premier League, although they did see their team get back to winning ways with a 3-0 success over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their last six in the league to slip to sixth in the table and 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, whom they finished eight points clear of last time round. However, Spurs got a confidence-boosting victory in midweek as goals from Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-min, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou secured a comfortable win over Apoel Nicosia at Wembley, a result which took Pochettino’s men to 16 points from their six Champions League group stage games, more than any other side in the competition.

Nonetheless, there have been many glum Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent weeks, several of whom are looking ahead to what business their team may look to do in the forthcoming January transfer window.

However, one man who doesn’t look like he’ll be on the way to North London next month is Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is reportedly happy at current club Valencia, and as such could make his loan move to the Mestalla permanent in the summer at the expiration of his contract at parent side Inter Milan.

Spurs were one side reportedly linked with the Frenchman, but news of their setback in pursuit of the 24-year-old is likely going to go done well with current Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks.

And that’s because landing Kondogbia could well have pushed the 21-year-old down the pecking order at Spurs, in what could be a crucial six months in Winks’ development as he seeks first team football at Tottenham, as well as a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.

Ultimately, whenever the young midfielder has taken to the pitch for Spurs this term, he has impressed, whether that was in their 4-1 win over Liverpool back in October, their 3-1 success over Real Madrid last month, or their victory over Apoel Nicosia in midweek – Winks has performed well.

And he even took his fine form into his one and so far only England cap against Lithuania a few weeks ago, to suggest that he is very much in Southgate’s thinking ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

And with the central midfield positions a clear concern for England going to Russia at the end of the season, Winks will sense a fantastic opportunity to stake a claim for starting berth in their opening group game against Tunisia on June 18.

However, Kondogbia’s arrival would likely have pushed him down the pecking order at Wembley, and as such plunged his World Cup dreams into huge doubt – Southgate has already made it clear that if one is not playing for their club, they cannot be considered for their country.

As such, Winks will be well aware that first team football at Tottenham will be crucial to his chances of disposing the likes of teammate Eric Dier or Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson in Southgate’s side, and with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele struggling with injury, the next few months could give him that chance.

And not having the talented Kondogbia ahead of him will only serve to increase his opportunities, which can only be good news to him, to Tottenham, and indeed to England.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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