By Alex McLeish

19th Nov, 2020 | 11:29am

'Maybe Leeds' - Exclusive: Manager touts Whites move for 'Box-to-Box' midfielder

Alex McLeish has suggested Harry Winks could join Leeds United on loan if he is allowed to leave Tottenham during the January transfer window. 

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider Russell Edge, has insisted the Spurs midfielder would “slot into a lot of teams” but that Marcelo Bielsa could use a player with his attributes.

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday, the 24-year-old is set to push for either a temporary or permanent move away from north London if he fails to win back his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

Winks has recently voiced his frustrations at his “difficult” situation at Spurs and admits his place in the England squad is under threat due to his lack of game time at club level.

McLeish has lauded the Tottenham midfielder for his willingness to do the dirty work and mop up all across the pitch and suggested Elland Road could be the ideal destination to get some game time.

McLeish told Football Insider: “He’s energetic, isn’t he? He’s kind of box-to-box, he is a midfielder that likes to cover those areas, even around the ball when something maybe goes wrong and he is always kind of behind it ready to pounce on to it, he’s got those kind of tendencies.

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“Who would be a team suitable for that kind of role? Maybe a Leeds, maybe they need him.

“They have got a lot of foreign guys playing for them and maybe they need to keep up their English quota for other important issues as well. Winks, I’m sure he would slot into a lot of teams.”

Winks has played just once in Spurs’ last five league games, while he has a total of eight starts under his belt across all competitions.

Leeds have the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Jamie Shackleton as their midfield options this season.

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