By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

2nd Nov, 2021 | 4:40pm

Paul Robinson urges Leeds United to sign Tottenham outcast Harry Winks in January

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Paul Robinson wants Leeds United to sign Tottenham outcast Harry Winks in the January transfer window to help ease their midfield issues.

Marcelo Bielsa has had numerous selection issues this season and with injuries to full-backs Luke Ayling and Junior Firpo, it’s mean that midfielders Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas have had to drop back into those defensive roles.

Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw have also had their injuries while Patrick Bamford’s spell on the sidelines has meant that Rodrigo has had to play up front.

Leeds’ midfield has been left threadbare by their injury issues and according to a report by The Athletic journalist Phil Hay in August, the Whites actually turned down the chance to sign Winks, 25, from Spurs.

Victor Orta missed out on signing Conor Gallagher, who joined Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea, and Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien as he tried to add a new central midfielder to the squad in the summer.

And with the January transfer window getting closer, Robinson feels Winks could be the perfect man to come in as he may be easy to grab from Spurs.

“They missed out there with Conor Gallagher at Palace,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “I think it was just down to where Leeds is in the country to where Palace is from his parent club.

That might’ve had something to do with it.

That was a real miss for Leeds.

I know I keep banging on about it but again, there’s a real opportunity for them to get Harry Winks.

He hasn’t been in Tottenham’s last two Premier League squads and I think he’s a proven England international.

For whatever reason, Nuno Espirito Santo didn’t fancy him at Spurs, he’s not getting game-time.

I just think it’s a real easy opportunity to get a top-quality player in the position they need.

There’ll be a few takers for Harry Winks come January, there’s a real opportunity to get him.”

Antonio Conte was hired as Nuno’s replacement in charge of Spurs on Tuesday and it remains to be seen how Winks slots into his system.

So far this season, Winks has played just six times in all competitions and his appearances in the Premier League have been reduced to a one-minute cameo against Wolves in August and a start in the 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in September.

Winks was available for a transfer in the summer but according to The Sun, no one wanted to meet Spurs’ £40million valuation of the 10-times England international.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared his transfer thoughts on Raphinha ahead of January.