Crystal Palace are preparing for a battle with Southampton to sign Harry Winks, the outcast from Tottenham, in the summer transfer window.
Harry Winks, 26, a product of Tottenham’s youth academy, stormed the scene during the 2016/17 season and has won 198 competitive appearances for the club so far. However, in recent years, the England midfielder’s stock has declined due to injury and inconsistency issues.
That term, he fell behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Oliver Skipp and the arrival of January Rodrigo Bentancur in the midfielders standings. The Winks will certainly be open to a summer transfer in search of regular playing time, having been restricted to just 14 Premier League games this season so far.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is looking to adjust his squad for the summer and doesn’t consider Winks in his long-term plans. will club north london Listen to any practical offers for the midfielder in the upcoming transfer window, which have put Crystal Palace and Southampton on high alert.
Crystal Palace has already begun planning for next season with coach Patrick Vieira. The French coach, 45, did a very good job after replacing Roy Hodgson at the helm last summer, encouraging the Eagles to play attractive possession-based football.
But Vieira will have a difficult summer as Palace coach, with Conor Gallagher set to return to Chelsea after his loan spell expires. Gallagher, 22, is making a name for himself on loan at Palace, where he has scored eight goals and three assists in 25 games. His impressive form was rewarded with a call-up to the England squad, as the central midfielder secured an assist in the Three Lions’ friendly 2-1 win over Switzerland last weekend.
The Eagles have a battle on their hands to try to permanently convert Gallagher’s loan contract to the end of the season. The way the 22-year-old has worked at the heart of Palace’s midfield under Vieira, he is expected to battle for a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up next season.
Thus, it is imperative that Crystal Palace bring in a player to fill the void left by Gallagher in midfield. In this regard, the South London club’s interest in Harry Winks makes sense, although the two player profiles are different.
The Winks have served as No.6 and No.8 at Spurs, so his versatility, coupled with his ability to distribute the ball well and positional awareness, could make him a smart addition to Patrick Vieira’s squad. His decent experience in the Premier League as well as his skills will add even more value to his name.
The 10-match England international will get the chance to revive his career at Crystal Palace. Winks, 26, is heading towards the best years of his career and should be playing regularly. He has the qualities that enable him to excel at Selhurst Park and give his peak years to rebuild the club under Vieira’s leadership.
Hence, the Eagles should make a real attempt to sign Winks from Tottenham this summer.
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