The German is a reported transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has become renowned for providing young players with the opportunity to showcase their talents during his time in charge in north London, and nobody has benefitted more from that than Harry Winks.
The cultured 21-year-old midfielder has blossomed for Tottenham, after being given a chance by his manager, when the Argentine handed him his Premier League debut against Liverpool in August 2016.
Winks’ stock within the game continues to rise, and his fine performances for the Lilywhites this season have been rewarded with call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s England national team.
There could, however, be a problem on the horizon for the Spurs youngster.
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, with Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo claiming that they are serious challengers for his signature.
The Germany international could be available for a cut-price deal in January, according to the Mirror, with his contract with the Bundesliga side set to expire in the summer.
Whilst the 22-year-old midfielder is an excellent player, an would be a superb addition to the Spurs squad, his arrival would surely directly affect Winks’ opportunities for regular first-team football.
Goretzka can play in a variety of positions, including a more advanced role and the right midfield area, so it is possible that Pochettino could be looking to utilise him in one of those roles.
The Schalke man is unquestionably most comfortably when playing in the centre of midfield though, and his superb quality might just be bad news for Spurs’ 21-year-old ace.
And Pochettino must weigh up whether bringing the Germany international to Tottenham will be beneficial in the long run, it it proves to be detrimental to Winks’ development.