Jamie Mackie has claimed that Harry Winks has been ‘punished’ by his Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo for speaking out, as he told Soccer Special (27/10/21 at 7:10 pm).
When Spurs were beaten by Vitesse in the Europa Conference League last week, Winks was pretty scathing of his performance and that of his teammates.
It was a lacklustre display from the Premier League side and Winks made it clear that they were ‘outplayed’ and ‘outfought’ by the Dutch side, as quoted by the Mirror.
He also added it’s ‘not good enough for Tottenham’, whilst he also expressed his frustration at a lack of game time by claiming ‘it’s difficult when you don’t play regularly;.
Winks, alongside Dele Alli, were left out altogether for Tottenham’s 1-0 League Cup win against Burnley on Wednesday despite being fit.
And ex-QPR forward Mackie thinks Nuno is laying down a marker on his players.
“It looks like it is that,” said Mackie. “He has been playing and been involved before.
“So, you can only say that internally the manager their wants to stamp his authority to say ‘you fall in line in my regime or you don’t. And if you don’t this is what happens’.
“It looks like he has been subjected to that. I can’t know anymore because I’m not in the camp. But it certainly looks like that.
“At the minute, Skipp has come in and he’s playing. However, Winks was someone who played more games than Skipp. I am sure it is that he’s been punished, but I am sure time will tell with January coming up.”
The writing is on the wall for Winks because this isn’t the first time he has been in a situation where his career in North London is stagnating.
This happened under Mauricio Pochettino, it got worse under Jose Mourinho and now the signs suggest that they aren’t going to improve under Nuno.
Not so long ago, Winks was a regular for England, now he can’t make the matchday squad for Spurs.
That in itself should tell Winks that he needs to leave the club, whether it’s on a temporary basis, or permanently when the transfer window re-opens.