Noel Whelan has suggested Jose Mourinho’s decision to not play Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is damaging the England international.
So far this campaign, Winks has made just nine appearances in the Premier League, with his last showing coming in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in January (Transfermarkt).
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has suggested Mourinho is killing the 25-year-old’s spirit. He said:
“I think lack of games doesn’t help, I think when you’re not playing regularly, you’re fighting performances, you’re fighting to find that belief, and that confidence in your game.
“It’s very difficult to find it in 20 minutes, coming on here and there and especially when Tottenham are not going through the best of times, that confidence dwindles throughout the whole squad, not just one player, but it doesn’t help when you’re not playing regularly.
“I think there’s a number of players there that are feeling the effects of bad performances and results and seeing that Premier League kind of push slip away, when they were talking about them becoming contenders, they’re going to be right there till the end – well, they’re not.
“That’s come pretty quickly as a wake-up call to the Tottenham side, hasn’t it?
“After all the plaudits, this is what happens, this is football – if you can’t keep up with the Joneses in terms of quality, results and performances then very quickly this big Tottenham side, that was supposed to be all this, very quickly have seen that they’re not.
“I think it drains a lot of players and does kill your spirit, I think that’s what’s happening at the minute with Winks.”
After playing 31 times in the top flight last term, it looked as though Winks would remain an important player for Mourinho this campaign. However, the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton and the resurgence of Tanguy Ndombele have pushed Winks down the pecking order.
Should Tottenham sell Winks?
Currently valued at £22.5m (Transfermarkt), the midfielder is now at a crossroads. Having played 20 matches in all competitions this term, he is likely to still pick up some playing time in the future, but he will be probably not be a first-team regular when it matters. Does he stay at Tottenham, happy to play a bit-part role, or should he look to move somewhere where he will be given more responsibility? Only Winks will know what is best for him.
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