Date: 18th June 2019 at 11:30pm
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Spurs have been linked with both Tanguy Ndombele and Donny van de Beek as central midfield options for Mauricio Pochettino next season.

Telefoot spoke to Ndombele, who said he is interested in a move to Spurs, while talkSPORT were told Donny van de Beek could join the Champions League finalists.

Last season, Pochettino had major problems with the centre of his midfield as his side were hampered with injury and transfer issues.

In 2018, Spurs were the first Premier League club in over a decade to not spend a single penny in a summer transfer window and as a result were left to work with what they already had.

They initially had a number of options at the start of the season but they began to dwindle when Moussa Dembele left in the summer, Victor Wanyama was struggling to stay fit, and Dele Alli was injured.

Their squad then reached breaking point when Harry Winks was ruled out during their most important set of fixtures in the spring, and Moussa Sissoko also went off during their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

All of this to say it exposed Spurs as a side who were struggling in central midfield.

However, when fit, Winks and Sissoko were two of Spurs’ best performers last season, with Sissoko brilliant as an enforcer, while Winks showed his ability to move the ball on with his engine, mobility and range of passing.

And bringing in two potentially expensive midfielders is dangerous because politically there will be pressure to play them ahead of Winks, who came through Spurs’ youth set-up.

But Winks is an example of one of the hallmarks of Pochettino’s reign at the club which is his ability to bring through young players and establish them as top-level operators extremely quickly.

What Spurs need is more strength in depth and, given Ndombele and Van de Beek would not tolerate sitting on the bench given their price tags and the fact that they were regulars in their respective clubs last season, it begs the question whether they would be the right fit for Spurs.

The Pochettino-produced spine – Rose, Winks, Alli, Kane – would be dangerous to tamper with because of not just their talent but also the importance they have to the identity of the club with regards to being homegrown.

A supplementary striker or a replacement for Kieran Trippier if he leaves should be higher up the order of priorities than an influx of central midfielders.

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8 Replies to “If Spurs sign these two midfielders it could spark the end for Harry Winks – opinion”

  • Why do Spurs supporters always look at the negatives of situations, is it because we have grown up with reports in the paper on tv around the streets always saying negative thing about Tottenham. Spurs will never be a top 4 team, Spurs will never get to the Champions league, Tottenham will never attract the big names, Tottenham will never be as big as Man United, Arsenal will always be the kings of North London . What player will go to Spurs to play second fiddle to Kane, if they buy this player it spells the end to that player etc. Holy **** come on we are one of the big teams now you look at every other top 6 teams how many top named midfieldersand strikers do they have and yes they sit on the bench whetherthey like it or not. So why would it spell the end for Winks if we bring in 2 top players, our midfield is down to bare bones. How can we call ourselves a big team with only Winks and Sissoko to rely upon, so yes we need those two players and no it won’t be the end of Winks and yes stop inventing problems where there aren’t any. In short stop always being negative Tottenham supporters and remember we achieved everything they said we wouldn’t. COYS

    • Well said!! Siht take on a good situation. And you clearly haven’t looked at winks closely, or recognise quality when you see it. Winks is going to be one of the best, find it odd that some people can’t see it.

  • i must say i agree with mccrory but if so why is 2 more central mids required, bearing in mind that we do have other second options for example eric dier i believe 1 of them will be good enough,

  • Crap articles like this beg the question if wet behinf the ears penny7 a liners shouldbe able to have opinions published. Here is a young man who clearly has no idea what he is talking about- but does it anyway !

  • It’s a long season. Winks will see plenty of game time. If we sign Ndombele we get to rotate between Winks , Ndombele and Sissoko. Wanyama and Dier could be kept as back up otions but i cant see them having a lot of game time if they stay, then there is Skipp who will probably see some league cup action. Signing Ndombele will give everyone a lift and add much needed depth. I would love to see the RB issue resolved. That clearly is a problem position for us at the moment.

  • Winks has nothing to fear. Its deli alli, plays like he’s the 1st name on the team sheet. It’ll be a defining season for him, he either bucks up his ideas and plays to the standard he can or he struts around playing like a player that thinks he’s made it and has nothing to learn. If it’s the latter he’ll be sold on.

  • I have read so much crap about homegrown players it has begun to sound like a conspiracy, Harry Kane, Harry, Harry. Harry, if they are good enough they will shine and if better than good they will shine brighter, Harry & Co never turn up for the champions league a big opportunity miss by our best homegrown players, Signing players like Ndombele who is on a different level to Harry winks & Co will take the club to a new level, not just the premier league but in Europe as well, if we had to rely more on homegrown players we would never qualify for the champions league or win the premiership so stop building, and hyping up players calling them stars and all the media crap that most of you follow let’s get real and build on the good foundation the club is sitting on at the moment.

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