Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is set to depart the Premier League outfit after he has agreed to terms with Serie A side UC Sampdoria according to reports from transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.
Winks, now 26, has been a one-club man at Tottenham since first joining the club as a 6-year-old in 2002 and spent twelve years in the academy set up at Spurs before breaking into the first team in 2014 at the age of 18.
However, his importance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has diminished under Antonio Conte across the current campaign as well as the 2021-22 Premier League season after the January arrival of Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus as well as the summer signing of Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.
With Danish international Pierre-Emile Højbjerg also one of the leading lights at the club, Winks has become - at best - the fourth choice in the pecking order at Spurs in a tactical system that utilizes just two central midfielders. But with Oliver Skipp inevitably returning to the fold when he fully recovers from a foot injury, Winks would very much be on the outside looking in under Conte for the remainder of the season.
As such, Winks will head to Genoa to spend the current 2022-23 Serie A season on loan at Sampdoria but will be made to fight for his place in the first team under manager Marco Giampaolo.
I Blucerchiati have not started the campaign on the front foot and currently sit in 16th while having yet to find the back of the net but can at least boast a 0-0 draw against Juventus on Monday night.
At current, Giampaolo can call upon Venezuelan veteran Tomás Rincón and 20-year-old club academy graduate Gerard Yepes as his two options at holding midfield, with Winks’ experience at the top level likely coming into play and at least possibly putting him ahead of Yepes in the selection queue.