Former Tottenham star Harry Winks says he never spoke to Postecoglou before joining Leicester City
In what seemed like a decade ago, Harry Winks bid farewell to his beloved Tottenham Hotspur and embraced a new chapter with Leicester City before the arrival of Ange Postecoglou.
Winks, a true product of Tottenham’s esteemed academy, found himself at a crossroads in his career. The departure of Mauricio Pochettino back in 2019 marked a turning point for the midfielder.
No longer a mainstay in the starting lineup, he yearned for consistent game time to reignite the spark that once shone brightly. It wasn’t a sudden whim that drove Winks to seek greener pastures.
His longing for more playing time was a sentiment that brewed over seasons of change and adaptation. The past year saw him on loan at Sampdoria, a move that allowed him to find his rhythm on foreign soil.
However, the allure of the English league remained strong, and when Leicester City came knocking, Harry Winks was ready to answer. A key factor in Winks’ decision was the assurance of his importance at his new home.
Leicester’s genuine interest and eagerness to have him as a pivotal player was a beacon of validation he craved. The personal appeal from the manager himself, Enzo Maresca, reaffirmed that he was not just a transfer target, but a valued addition to a club of considerable stature.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Winks shared
“The most important thing for me was to feel wanted again. Leicester made it clear early on in the window that they wanted me as a key player. I never spoke to Ange. It was all done and decided before he came in. The general consensus between me and Spurs was, ‘Let’s get this done as soon as possible”
As Winks begins this fresh phase of his career, there’s an air of optimism surrounding his journey with Leicester City. The decision to leave Tottenham would not have been easy and he deserves respect for that.
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If Winks had stayed, he might have actually forced his way into Ange Postecoglou’s plans. However, he wanted a fresh start and he has got that. It is now up to the talented youngster to take it and make it work for his career.