Noel Whelan has tipped Jose Mourinho to put a block on Harry Winks leaving Tottenham during the January transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry striker has insisted the 24-year-old is still needed in north London and that he will have to take his chance when the opportunity arises.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Winks is set to push for a move away, either on loan or permanently, in January if he cannot find a way back into the Spurs starting XI under Jose Mourinho.
Summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been a midfield mainstay for the Portuguese boss, while the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele are also vying for a place in the side.
However, Whelan has tipped Mourinho to block a prospective move for Winks and insisted it was up to the England international to prove himself at Spurs.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Nothing’s gonna happen this season. I’ll be very surprised if he goes in January, he’s going to be needed as a football club.
“It’s his responsibility to make the manager believe you can’t leave him out. That is his job.
“That is all you can do as a player, if you’re not playing, is force your way into that reckoning and make sure that when you get given the opportunity, it sticks and you make the manager believe you can’t leave him out.”
Winks has made a total of six starts in his nine appearances across all competitions this season, although his last league start came in September.
Despite having made less appearances than most of his midfield rivals, he has actually played more minutes than Lo Celso and Ndombele.
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