Aston Villa backed to sign Tottenham star Harry Winks but not for starting role
Speaking to Football Insider (h/t Birmingham Live), Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed his former club Aston Villa to complete the signing of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, but one condition. The ex-striker wants the Villans to use the Englishman as a backup rather than a starting role.
Winks, a product of the Tottenham youth academy, is staring at an uncertain future at the club. The England international endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign during which he just started nine league games.
With Villa keen on signing him this summer as per the report, Agbonlahor has urged that the club should sign him purely as an option to push their current contingent of midfielders, rather than handing him a starting role immediately upon his arrival.
“I think Winks is a good player but we can’t underestimate the talent we’ve got in midfield already. Winks would be a great signing but I wouldn’t pick Winks before McGinn, Luiz or Nakamba.
“Just because he’s a good player it doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to get into the team. Maybe as a player who can push McGinn and Luiz then he’s definitely worth bringing in. But he wouldn’t come in and be a guaranteed starter.”
Apart from Winks, Villa have also been linked with Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse as well as Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, indicating that the Tottenham star is not a priority signing for the Midlands’ outfit.
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The past year was a difficult one for Harry Winks at Tottenham. But, with a new manager at the helm in the form of Nuno Espirito Santo, it remains to be seen if he is given a chance to resurrect his career at the club or shown the exit doors.