Leeds tipped to sign bit-part Tottenham man as dream Kalvin Phillips ally

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (right) and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka after The Mind Series match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Leeds should do all in their power to bring Harry Winks to Elland Road as their search for midfield reinforcements continues, according to one pundit.

The Whites started the new season in the worst possible way and on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline at Manchester United. With Kalvin Phillips an unused substitute, Leeds started with Robin Koch in the holding midfield role. But the centre-half endured a torid time after being given the run-around by Bruno Fernandes.

However, the German’s struggle in playing out of position only served to remind Leeds that midfield reinforcements are needed.

During Phillips’ absence last season, Leeds only collected six points from a possible 27 during 2020/21.

With that in mind, reports on Sunday claim Leeds are ready to increase their offer for Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

However, former Leeds keeper Paul Robinson has a more ambitious target in mind and has suggested a move for Winks.

“I think they have to get another midfielder in,” Robinson told gambling.com. “They really struggled last year when Kalvin Phillips was missing.

“I think they could do with a central midfielder but one who can also do Phillips’ role when he can’t play.

“I’d love to see them sign Harry Winks. I know he’s getting a lot of game time at Spurs in pre-season but he didn’t last year. I think a player of his ability can get to a different level if they’re playing every week.

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“Rather than being a bit-part player at Tottenham, I think he could really kick on if he was at Leeds. His offensive capabilities are overlooked a little bit because he quite often plays defensively.

“But that feeds in to the point I was making about the Kalvin Phillips role. Winks could play every week higher up in the midfield but fill in defensively when necessary. I think he’d add a lot of bite to that midfield.”

Leeds urged to sign Bamford cover

Although finances do seem tight at Leeds, Robinson would ideally also like to see the club sign cover for Patrick Bamford.

The Leeds striker surpassed expectations last season, scoring 17 times in the Premier League.

However, Robinson feels Leeds are light up front and could do with another option.

He added: “We’ve seen Raphinha and Rodrigo come in as alternative options to Patrick Bamford but neither of them have worked out that way – Rodrigo’s spent time in midfield and Raphinha has played out wide and has been excellent to be fair.

“But I think they need another option up front other than Bamford. I don’t think Leeds are far away, but I would like to see them make two or three more signings before the end of the window.”

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