Danny Mills has suggested Harry Winks will push to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer – with Oliver Skipp earmarked to take his place.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender insisted it is imperative the 24-year-old is playing regular football at this stage of his career.
Football Insider revealed in November Winks would push to leave Spurs if he was not given more game time after he opened up about his “difficult” situation at the club.
Since January, he has started just one Premier League game – last weekend’s thrashing of Crystal Palace.
Competition for places in the Tottenham midfield will step up another level next season with Oliver Skipp, 20, set to return from him his loan spell at Norwich City.
Asked what that means for Winks, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Danny Mills: “Let’s assume all has gone well and Spurs are in the Europa League or Champions League and Mourinho is still there.
“You’re looking at Hojbjerg and Sissoko as the main two, you then look at Ndombele in that area too. They’ve got Dele Alli who they may well keep around if he starts showing better form.
“Yes, you need strength in depth but from Harry Winks’ point of view, if he’s not going to be starting regularly and only playing a handful of games next season then I would suggest he’ll be having a word with the gaffer.
“He’ll be saying ‘If he’s not going to be involved I’d like to possibly move on.’
“Whether that be on loan initially or find a club that will pay a fee. He needs to be playing football, that’s the most important thing.”