Darren Bent has urged Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks to join Newcastle in the January transfer window to get some guaranteed game time.
Winks is reportedly ready to push for a move away in the new year. That is if he cannot convince Jose Mourinho that he deserves a place in his starting XI.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko have been Mourinho’s preferred midfield partnership so far this season.
And with The Athletic reporting that Toon boss Steve Bruce is looking for midfield reinforcements, Bent believes Winks should consider a move north.
He told Football Insider: “To be fair to (Jose) Mourinho, I do think he is quite honest and he’s quite fair – I mean, Danny Rose would probably beg to differ.
“I think for Harry Winks, I think there will be will be takers for him, even at Newcastle. He could go to Newcastle and play so there will be options for him in January.
“It’s important he doesn’t waste half a season in and out the team, not playing well while people like Kalvin Phillips, every week, if he’s fit, he plays. Declan Rice, if he’s fit, he plays.
“It’s one of them, you can’t afford it, in these years leading up to a major tournament, you can’t afford to waste time.”
Winks back in the mix
Winks admitted on England duty last week that he was finding the situation at his boyhood club “difficult”.
However, he will almost certainly return to the starting team against Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Both Hojbjerg and Sissoko are likely to be rested, with Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli pushing for starts in midfield.