By Craig Scott

27th Mar, 2022 | 11:10am

Harry Winks would shine for Jesse Marsch after Marcelo Bielsa rejection at Leeds United

Jesse Marsch should jump at the chance to sign Harry Winks after the Tottenham midfielder was reportedly rejected by ex-Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa in January.

On 1 February, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds had the opportunity to sign Winks, 26, on loan from Spurs for the rest of the season.

However, after discussions with Marcelo Bielsa, the now-former Leeds manager snubbed the chance to sign the England central midfielder.

Less than a month after that report emerged, Bielsa was unemployed, out of a job after struggling to get his injury-ravaged squad away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Marsch has come in and already started to right some wrongs of the Argentine and should the Whites stay up this season, there’s another opportunity for the American to prove Bielsa wrong.

According to The Sunday People’s print edition [27 March, page 51], Winks is not on Antonio Conte’s long-term plans at Tottenham and the London club “will listen to any sensible offers in the summer”.

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Southampton and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in the 10-times England international, who would be open to more first-team football after dropping down the pecking order at Spurs.

Winks has played 25 times in all competitions for Spurs this season but in the last four league games, he’s played just once and that was a brief, two-minute-long cameo as a substitute.

Leeds need to bolster their midfield options in the summer.

As it stands, Adam Forshaw, Matuesz Klich and Kalvin Phillips are the only out-and-out, senior central midfielders in Marsch’s squad if you discount Stuart Dallas, who’s been more of a wide player in his career.

However, there’s a lot of speculation surrounding Phillips’ future and Klich and Forshaw are both in their 30s.

Winks should be hitting his peak at the age of 26 and he has plenty of experience of playing in the Premier League, Champions League and for England.

Yes, he’s had a tough time at Tottenham as of late but if a good deal can be struck in the summer, the Spurs central midfielder should be a clever addition to Marsch’s squad.

We have no idea why Bielsa didn’t want him.

In other Leeds United news, a club is in advanced talks to secure a massive signing from the Whites in the summer.