Tottenham ace warned joining Arsenal would be ‘too much hassle’ as Everton tipped for move

Tottenham star Harry Winks would suit Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team but a move across north London would be too much “hassle”, according to former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips. Winks’ game time has been limited at Tottenham so far this season and he recently admitted he needs to play more to ensure a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at next year’s European Championships.

Winks has started just three Premier League games under Jose Mourinho this season, the last of which came in September.

Phillips is a big fan of the 24-year-old midfielder, who has won 10 England caps since his senior debut in 2017.

Phillips says Arsenal’s style of play would suit Winks but believes the abuse Sol Campbell received when he made the same move in 2001 would put any player off from doing that again.

He instead thinks Everton could be interested in the Spurs academy graduate.

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Phillips told Football Insider: “I have always been a big fan of Harry Winks. I like the way he plays football. He is never afraid to get on the ball.

“If he was made available I think there would be many teams queuing up to take Harry Winks.

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“Would he dare make the switch across north London? I could see him in an Arsenal team but it would be a big call. We all saw what happened to Sol Campbell. Is it worth the hassle?

“Someone like an Everton could be good. If they were not to get hold of Isco perhaps Winks could play there.

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“There will be a queue of teams looking to sign Harry Winks if he became available.

“I sympathise with him. He never lets the team down when he plays and credit to him, he wants to play football.

“It will be interesting to see if he gets the opportunity to go somewhere.”  

Speaking earlier this month, Winks said he needs to play more at club level or he won’t be at next summer’s Euros.

“Definitely, my situation at Tottenham is difficult at the moment,” he said.

“It’s important that I keep fighting and working as hard as I can to stay in the squad and to stay in the team.

“Every time I get the opportunity for England I love it. It’s a great place to play football here, it’s free and the lads get on really well, it’s a great place to come to.

“I want to be a part of that in the Euros and I want to be in the starting XI in the Euros as well.

“But, yes, it’s important that back at Tottenham I get the opportunities there and I stay in the team there as well.”

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