Tottenham transfer news: Disaster loan spell facing early axe as club chiefs feel they’ve wasted their time

Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Sergio Reguilon, February 2022

Harry Winks could return to Tottenham in January and subsequently have his Sampdoria loan cut short, according to a report.

Spurs manager Antonio Conte let the midfielder leave this summer following his struggles to find game time. The 26-year-old starred in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team, but that has not continued.

Conte instead brought in Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus in January. And former Brighton man Yves Bissouma further bolstered the north London club’s midfield this summer.

Winks played a key role in the early part of Conte’s reign, but he soon faded away and Tottenham therefore let him move to Italy.

Although, the midfielder has struggled to make any sort of impact at Sampdoria. Reports last month revealed how the Serie A club felt he arrived in a ‘suboptimal’ condition.

What’s more, a report claimed that Winks had ‘disappeared’ in the eyes of Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo – who got the sack at the start of October.

Skip forward to the middle of October and Winks has still not played a single minute for Sampdoria – because of recurring issues over an ankle injury he suffered in 2017.

And La Repubblica claims that Sampdoria could in fact cut short the loan deal.

The Italians have an option to buy Winks, but they may not even make it to the end of January with Winks in their ranks – let alone the end of the season.

Harry Winks struggling at Sampdoria

Winks has not had chance to train with his team-mates much because of the niggling injury problems.

Sampdoria’s vice-president Antonio Romei and head of scouting Mattia Baldini worked hard to seal the signing of the midfielder in the summer, amid reported interest from Roma and others.

However, the pair now reportedly feel that their time and effort is becoming something of a waste.

Winks is currently undergoing stem cell treatment to try and fix his issues once and for all. Indeed, he has snubbed the opportunity to have a third operation on his ankle.

But, it remains unclear when he will get back to action for his club.

Tottenham decision the right one

As unfortunate as it is for Winks, Tottenham will feel they made the right decision to ship the player out.

Had he stayed in north London, he could have been going through similar issues with Spurs paying his full wages.

But, from a business perspective, they have shifted part of that wage onto Sampdoria – and part of the responsibility.

Winks’ exit has proved the correct move from Tottenham, especially considering how Conte has evolved his midfield.

Bentancur and Hojbjerg have struck up a solid partnership, with Bissouma still getting to grips but knowing that he built up plenty of Premier League experience at Brighton.

And in Oliver Skipp, Spurs have their next exciting midfield academy graduate after Winks.

Winks’ Tottenham contract expires in 2024 and the north London club look like they will be hard-pressed to get a decent fee for him next summer.