Following Leeds United’s’ 5-1 loss to Manchester United in their opening Premier League fixture, the club’s former number one Paul Robinson has given a recommendation on who his old side could look to sign to improve their quality in midfield.
The midfield was an area in which the Whites struggled at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes giving Robin Koch – deputising for Kalvin Phillips – the run-around as he scored a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba drifted inside from the left-wing to rack up four assists.
It’s well known that Leeds have looked to improve their midfield options during the transfer window as they attempted to sign Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher on loan before the 21-year-old ultimately chose to move to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. Since then, they have been linked heavily to Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien, although a deal has not been agreed as the club’s disagree on a valuation.
However, Robinson has another suggestion. He told Gambling.com: “I’d love to see them sign Harry Winks. I know he’s getting a lot of game time at Spurs in pre-season but he didn’t last year and I think a player of his ability can get to a different level if they’re playing every week.
“Rather than being a bit-part player at Tottenham I think he could really kick on if he was at somebody like Leeds. His offensive capabilities are overlooked a little bit because he quite often plays defensively.
“Winks could play every week higher up in the midfield but fill in defensively when necessary. I think he’d add a lot of bite to that midfield.”
Robinson, who moved to Spurs from Elland Road, indicated that Winks should be attractive to Leeds due to his ability to play in multiple midfield roles. Winks featured for only 861 minutes across 15 Premier League appearances for Spurs last season and the goalkeeper felt that he could play many more minutes for Leeds as he could be a first-choice player as a number eight but also be used to back up Kalvin Phillips in the defensive midfield role if required.
At the moment, the indication is that O’Brien is earmarked for such a role, with Bielsa himself taking a shine to the player.