Harry Winks (27) surprisingly joined Leicester this summer, said to be desperate to get regular first team football, something he surely will be able to at this level.
Injuries and lack of trust has seen him being slightly forgotten as the midfield dynamo he once was at Spurs. He was loaned out to Serie A last season, representing Sampdoria.
The move to Leicester looks to have been a good match so far, getting every chance to play under Enzo Maresca, but surprised to see him removed from the starting eleven vs. Liverpool, which could have been his major test so far this season. We all know why Winks never entered the field, as his league inclusion is very vital and getting any sort of problems at Anfield, would surely have been a problem, but still that game could have been one that could have put him back in England contention.
Winks was last involved at full international level back in 2020, seeing one of his 10 appearances for England, being a win away to Spain, so at his best, he is special. Gareth Southgate does have a grand group of good midfielders, but still the level of quality Harry Winks possess can’t be far from England squad member Conor Gallagher of Chelsea, or 33 year old Jordan Henderson, currently playing in Saudi Arabia for Al-Ettifaq.
Who Scored carries a good picture on his stat tallies so far, but still there are doubts about his full contribution and penetration passes as they are far from impressive. No assists, no goals, and four yellow cards, will surely not be good enough to convince Gareth Southgate to bring him back for national duty.
He is placed in a defensive midfield holding position, but still not really getting the absolute best out of the player that has so much more to offer. Watching him playing alongside Hamza Choudhury makes it a perfect match, as the newly long term contracted midfielder, has a more established approach to a role build for the full back / midfield switch, being used to play in both positions. Ricardo Pereira is a full back without the same midfield abilities, so to get back into the England frame, we do believe Harry Winks needs a partner like Hamza to evolve even more.
Enzo Maresca might not have been aware of that during the summer, and not seen Hamza Choudhury in that frame, but in the future this could be the perfect blend, sadly seeing Pereira, not being the preferred man, but of course having options are vital in a league with so many games.
Harry Winks at his best, needs more space to cover and in a midfield quartet having Wilfred Ndidi in there as well as a brilliant Yunus Akgun taking on the offensive role, we could see dynamite explode in a perfect set up. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is of course also in contention, but his role is not really perfect, with that switch being done from full back to midfield, as you need a more static offensive performer like Yunus to stay higher in the field and Ndidi being the runner to keep the balance intact.
Love to see this happening at Yunus Akgun can open every defense in this division with brilliant passes having a trio in front of Mavididi, McAteer and Vardy. Harry Winks can be ready for even more offensive work, getting a goal and more passes going forward than wide as his game needs a better penetration ratio than we have seen so far.
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