Alan Hutton has tipped Harry Winks to hold crunch talks with Jose Mourinho over his future at Tottenham ahead of the January transfer window.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the midfielder will want to know what the second half of the season holds for him ahead of England’s Euro 2020 campaign next summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, the 24-year-old may push for a mid-season move, either permanently or on loan, due to his lack of game time so far this season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the midfielder confessed that he is in a “difficult” situation at Spurs after making just four appearances in the Premier League this season.
Winks has played just once in the Lilywhites’ last five top-flight games, although he has been an ever-present in the Europa League so far and has a 90 per cent pass completion rate (WyScout) for England and Spurs this season.
With a place in the England squad up for grabs, Hutton has suggested the eight-cap international will seek a move away if he does not get the assurance he wants from Mourinho over his game time.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think over the coming months, you’re going to see a lot of these talks, especially when you’re coming up to a transfer window, because everybody’s got their eye on the Euros, everybody wants to be in the squad.
“It’s such a big season for a lot of players out there, especially the ones who are coming on after 60 minutes or are playing one game and back out and they want to be in their national teams.
“It’s coming up to a transfer window and there are going to be a lot of players who are going to have to make some big decisions and he’s one of them. Obviously, at Tottenham, the way they play with the two sitters, there’s a lot of competition in there.
“Hojbjerg’s come in and been outstanding, Sissoko’s done really well, it’s going to be difficult for him to get the minutes that he wants.
“He’s either going to have to sit down with Mourinho and say: ‘What’s my plan moving forward, am I going to be a starter? If not, I need to look elsewhere.’ That’s going to be a situation that’s going to arise for a lot of players.”