Serie A strugglers want loan disaster resolved with three options on the table for Tottenham to ponder

Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, January 2022

Reports in Italy claim Sampdoria wants to hold discussions over the future of Harry Winks as the Tottenham midfielder has yet to play for his loan club.

The 26-year-old penned a season-long loan deal with the Serie A club in August this year. He had slipped down the Spurs pecking order under Antonio Conte and the decision was made to let him try his luck elsewhere. However, it has turned into a nightmare spell in Genoa, with the England man yet to make an appearance for the Blucerchiati.

Signs were not good when it was claimed back in September that he arrived in Italy unfit and with an ankle issue.

The club’s medical team put together a specific training programme to aid his recovery. But the problem has yet to be resolved, with the Hemel Hempstead-born schemer still on the sidelines.

Understandably, his loan club is unhappy with the situation. Dejan Stankovic has now replaced Marco Giampaolo as manager, with decisions to make on Winks’ future.

The man with ten England caps has undergone surgery on his ankle and it appears as though things are set to come to a head.

According to Sampnews24.com, the Italians have demanded talks with Tottenham by the end of 2022 to work out a solution.

The news outlet report that Samp want to ‘re-discuss’ the terms of the loan. And they have a few options on the table for the north Londoners to consider.

Winks future up in the air

Sampdoria were happy to take Winks on loan due to his previous work with Spurs.

He may have been used sparingly by Conte but Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan.

With 17 top-flight appearances in 2018-2019 and 31 the following year, it seemed as though he was set to be a first-team regular.

But niggling injuries and a change at the helm put paid to those aspirations. Jose Mourinho kept him out of the limelight, mainly using Winks from the bench.

All is not lost, however, as upcoming dialogue will determine the next path he takes.

Sampdoria have an option to buy at the end of his loan spell next summer. That would have been a sizeable fee but they may now ask for that to be reduced.

The next option is for Spurs to let him stay another year on loan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris for free.

That would be a risk given his injury history. And they might discuss the third choice – termination of his loan deal.

All courses of action will be up for discussion when the powers-that-be at the two clubs get their heads together next month.

Winks has time to turn things around

Winks was touted as the next big thing when he burst onto the scene in 2016-2017. A defensive midfielder, he was likened to Xavi and Andres Iniesta by Pochettino.

England soon came calling, with the talented schemer making his Three Lions debut in a 1-0 away win over Lithuania in October 2017.

But things have not worked out as planned in recent times due to problems beyond his control.

With Conte still in control at Spurs, it seems unlikely that Winks would see much game time back in the capital.

Therefore an alteration to his loan terms might be the way to go for all concerned.

Sampdoria were excited to land the international in the summer. A change of luck might see them reap the rewards if Winks can finally get on the pitch.

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