Harry Winks is enduring by far the most difficult period of his Tottenham career.
Having been a regular under Mauricio Pochettino and then Jose Mourinho, featuring more than 40 times in each of the previous two seasons, the England midfielder has been starved of opportunities in the Premier League in recent months.
Winks hasn’t played since the draw with West Ham back in October – with each of his last five appearances coming in the Europa League.
And with the European Championships around six months away, Winks is going to need to be playing regularly in order to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad.
However, Mourinho told Football.London revealed that he expects the 24-year-old to remain at Tottenham past the January window, despite some recent talk of a possible loan move.
“Winks on loan in January, no way,” the Spurs boss said when asked about the midfielder’s short-term future.
Given that Tottenham have the FA Cup, Europa League and possibly the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup to look forward to after Christmas, there is going to be plenty of chances for Winks to impress – so letting him leave in January would be a crazy decision, not to mention that Spurs aren’t exactly well-covered in the midfield area.