Tottenham loan man has work to do, as report reveals manager concerned with below-par condition

Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, January 2022

Harry Winks reportedly has work to do if he is to make his mark at Sampdoria on loan from Tottenham following questionable first impressions.

The midfielder left Spurs in the summer transfer window after struggling to impress manager Antonio Conte. Winks starred in the early part of Conte’s reign but soon faded from the limelight.

Instead, recent signings Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma – signed in successive windows – have earned the Italian’s trust.

There was talk of Winks staying in England, with Everton initially keen on the 26-year-old. Roma then supposedly took an interest, but it was Sampdoria who eventually snapped Winks up on loan.

The Serie A side have an option to buy the midfielder, but Winks has supposedly faced initial struggles there.

Indeed, he has yet to play and Gazzetta dello Sport claims that he has arrived in Italy ‘evidently suboptimal’.

The issues relate to a historic ankle injury Winks suffered in 2017, which has been causing him problems ever since.

And despite the 10-cap England star doing his best to keep it under control, it has affected his start to his new adventure.

In fact, Winks has supposedly ‘disappeared’ in the eyes of Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo. The club’s medical department have subsequently tailored the player to a specific programme of recovery.

Winks future at Tottenham unclear

Winks reached 203 Tottenham appearances before his exit this summer, but it remains unclear if he will get any more.

Conte has clearly got other ideas with Bentancur and Bissouma now in the midfield.

What’s more, Conte has offered exciting verdicts on youngster Oliver Skipp, who is following the same path out of the Tottenham academy Winks did.

However, it feels like Winks played his best football for Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino. After all, he was the manager who promoted the player and got the best out of him.

Since then, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Conte have all struggled to rely on Winks too much.

Then again, given his first impressions at Sampdoria, he has work to do to convince the coaching staff there that he can be a hit in Serie A.

Similar story across Spurs ranks

Winks is not the only Tottenham player looking to impress for a new club out on loan this season.

Tanguy Ndombele has moved to Napoli looking to revive his career. Tottenham’s former club-record signing moved back to Lyon last season. He had no luck there and so is in Italy.

Elsewhere, Giovani Lo Celso has also been moved on by Conte in recent months.

The midfielder is taking in a second loan spell at Villarreal after moving there in January and increasing his game time and influence.

All in all, Tottenham have a host of players whose futures are uncertain. Winks, Ndombele and Lo Celso are all aware that they can have a real impression on Conte, who appreciates depth in his team.

On the flipside, Conte is always looking ahead for new signings and so there is obvious concern for the on-loan stars.