Opinion

Aston Villa should stop being so miserable and try to launch ambitious raid on Tottenham ASAP

Aston Villa find themselves in a predicament where they must sell players this summer before being able to bring in significant additions to the squad. 

Failure to gain promotion back to the Premier League has seen Villa take a massive financial hit and, as a result, the likes of John Terry and Robert Snodgrass have left the club for good. Attacking midfielder Jack Grealish could be the next in line for a Villa Park departure with the Daily Mirror reporting that the 22-year-old has now asked to leave after weeks of speculation surrounding his future.

Snodgrass’ unlikely return to Aston Villa and Grealish’s imminent exit means whatever money the Midlands club does recoup, will have to go towards refurbishing the team’s attack.

Furthermore, manager Steve Bruce won’t have much funds to strengthen the other areas of his squad and the cheapest of options will be targeted. With that in mind, the former Hull City manager should move for Tottenham’s Harry Winks on loan if there’s a desire to reinforce the team’s midfield for the upcoming Championship season.

Winks, who is valued at £15m by Transfermarkt, missed a lot of Tottenham’s most recent campaign through injury, but prior to that looked brilliant in the middle of the park, impressing particularly in the north London club’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu back in October.

Mauricio Pochettino rates Winks very highly, while the Tottenham boss also gives the impression that the development of a young player on the club’s books is best served under him, meaning a deal for Winks would be a very difficult one.

Having played at such a high level and put himself in contention to be a starter at Spurs before his injury, Winks would probably be strongly against the idea of swapping the glamour of the Bernabeu on a Champions League night for the robustness of the Championship.

However, if for whatever reason Pochettino cannot guarantee Winks game time, then Aston Villa should try their luck acquiring the 22-year-old for a season.

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