Sky Sports pundit backs Leeds United swoop to sign Tottenham ace Harry Winks as speculation emerges

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United...

Paul Robinson is an admirer of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks with Leeds United emerging as a team who want to sign him this summer.

The Liverpool Echo reported on 29 June that Leeds have joined Everton in the race to sign the 26-year-old central midfielder, who is valued at £20million by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

It is understood that the 10-times England international is deemed as “surplus to requirements” at Tottenham and the London club’s valuation of him could drop as the transfer window progresses.

Robinson isn’t too pleased with the business Leeds have done so far this summer and would like to see Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch fill the squad with more players who are experienced in the Premier League.

And the former goalkeeper has mooted Winks as someone who could be a good addition to Marsch’s midfield.

“Winks can play in that role. He’s a player that I admire and I like and I think he’d fit in well at Leeds,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

They’ve relied so heavily on the one or two defensive midfielders, maybe the manager’s going to play a new system next season and he’s signing players to fit in it.

In my opinion, the signings they’ve made have been underwhelming.

They’ve signed three players and two of which, we don’t know that much about.

Marc Roca hasn’t been a regular first-team player at Bayern Munich so are the players coming in going to make Leeds better? Yes, they probably will in the areas they play but will there be enough to keep the team in the Premier League? At the moment, no, if you’re going to lose Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

You’ve got to replace them and put that money back into the squad and bolster the squad with four or five signings that know the Premier League.

Signings players from Salzburg is relying on your scouting network and relying on these players to fit into the squad and the system the manager wants. You’re also relying on them adapting quickly to the Premier League.

I think there’s an element that you’ve got to sign tried-and-trusted Premier League players because at the moment, for me, it’s been a poor window for Leeds.

They’ve lost their best two players and they haven’t made one signing that stands out and makes them better.”

Winks played 30 times in all competitions for Spurs last season.

He’s made 128 Premier League appearances for the North London club, who finished fourth and will play in the Champions League in the 2022/23 campaign.

In other Leeds United news, a loan-to-buy deal has been mooted by Phil Hay for the Whites to seal the signing of an international star.