Former MK Dons manager Karl Robinson claims he was denied the opportunity to sign Harry Winks on loan in 2016.

Robinson, who now manages League One side Charlton Athletic, shares an agent with Tottenham midfielder Winks.

“The interesting case I think in the country is Harry Winks,” he told Football.London. “He’s unassuming, goes about his business in a very quiet way.

“We share an agent, and I was on holiday once and he came up and introduced himself. ‘Mr Robinson, I’m Harry Winks.’ My wife said ‘isn’t he lovely?’

“I tried to get him on loan at MK Dons, but the head of recruitment at the time didn’t think he was good enough.

“He’s the perfect example of someone who could’ve been missed because he keeps it simple – the odd diagonal, forward passes, doesn’t score, not 6’2”, not massively aggressive.

“Now he’s one of the best holding midfielders in the country.”

I’m surprised that, by the sound of it, Spurs were willing to let Winks leave on loan. Mauricio Pochettino usually likes to keep promising youngsters at the club.

I suppose it’s possible Winks changed the Argentine’s mind with his pre-season performances in the summer of 2016.



  1. Reminds a bit of Scotty Parker without the aggression.
    He’s without doubt the best young player in the country right now, and hoping that MP gives some if the other up and coming youngsters the same chance, there’s no doubt that if you are willing to work hard and wait for your chance you will get it at Spurs.


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