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Harry Winks tipped for ‘unbelievable’ Everton move, with stand-out trait to prove Tottenham wrong

Harry Winks, Tottenham, March 2022.

Harry Winks can rediscover his top form and even get back in the England squad by leaving Tottenham for Everton, according to Paul Merson.

The 26-year-old rose through the Spurs academy to become a regular first-teamer under Mauricio Pochettino. Since the Argentine’s departure, though, he has struggled to make his mark.

Winks did not flourish under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo. And after Mourinho brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to bolster his midfield instead, Antonio Conte has now done the same.

As a result, it looks as if Winks’ future lies away with Tottenham – with Everton a firm transfer suitor.

Writing in a column for the Daily Star, Merson insisted that a move to Goodison Park would revitalise the midfielder. In fact, the pundit backed Winks to get back in the England squad ahead of the World Cup.

“Harry Winks will be a good player for Everton, after being a bit of scapegoat at Tottenham,” the pundit said.

“I think he even has a sneaky chance of gatecrashing England’s World Cup squad if he has an unbelievable start to the season.

“I think he is a good footballer who never got the rub of the green at Spurs. When Jose Mourinho was there, every time they lost, Winks would get benched.

“If Everton actually spend money on him rather than taking him on loan it will show the manager really wants him and the club really values him.”

Everton backed for Winks transfer

Harry Winks clapping the Tottenham fans

Previous reports have outlined how the fee is the sticking point for Everton over Winks. They would rather take him on loan, given Spurs want £20million for him.

But Merson added that Winks will “come into his own” if he moves to Everton and is “a better player than people think”.

The pundit continued by claiming that Winks possesses a trait no other current England midfielder has.

“We don’t have anyone who can keep the ball in midfield,” he said. “That’s why he still has a chance of going to the World Cup for me.

“This kid keeps it simple and keeps possession and keeps it ticking over. We will need that in Qatar. I think he was trying too hard at Spurs.

“Trying to do something special to justify his place. But he’s at his best when he keeps it simple and gets you control in midfield.”

Tottenham have moved on

In any case, Winks would be wise to move away from Spurs, even if not to Everton, this summer.

Hojbjerg is still a key part of the Tottenham team, but Conte further bolstered his midfield ranks with Rodrigo Bentancur in January.

Harry Winks linked to Sevilla and La Liga switch

Harry Winks linked to Sevilla and La Liga switch

Harry Winks is being linked with a move away from Tottenham as Sevilla hope to bring England midfielder to La Liga

And he recently added Yves Bissouma from Brighton, the latter pair two statement signings for the Italian.

As such, if Winks struggled for game time towards the end of last season, he may not fare much better next term.