Everton: £25m target ‘improves’ Lampard’s options at Goodison Park

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Everton target Harry Winks would ‘improve’ Frank Lampard’s options but is unlikely to take them towards European qualification, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Toffees have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old after he fell down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur following the arrival of manager Antonio Conte back in November.

What is the latest news involving Winks?

Back in May, the Daily Mail reported that Winks would be allowed to leave his boyhood club this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements.

It was claimed that the Tottenham hierarchy had placed a £25 million price tag on the midfielder and several sides are believed to be interested in snapping him up.

A recent report from Sky Sports revealed that Everton boss Frank Lampard has ‘given the green light’ for initial talks with Spurs over the England international, although they could face extensive competition for his signature.

90min state that Brentford, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Wolves are all keen on Winks alongside the Toffees in what is shaping up to be a fiercely contested tussle.

What has Taylor said about Winks?

Taylor believes that although Winks is a ‘tidy player’, he is not a signing that is ‘genuinely going to improve’ Everton’s engine room.

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He told GiveMeSport: “I think if we were to say, ‘where would Harry Winks go? I think we’d all probably say we could imagine him at Everton. I think he is a tidy player, but is he genuinely going to improve Everton? I’m not sure.

“Obviously, we know what Winks can do, but he hasn’t done that consistently for several years now. It improves Everton’s options, but is it a signing that’s going to take them on towards Europe? I don’t think so.”

Would Winks be a good signing?

Winks failed to start a Premier League game after February last season as Conte stuck with winter signing Rodrigo Bentancur and the arrival of Yves Bissouma in north London will only limit his first-team opportunities even further.

Nevertheless, the technically gifted operator showcased his true potential under the tutelage of former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who hailed him as “amazing”.

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Getting Winks back to the level he produced under the Argentine tactician would surely be the aim for Lampard if he is able to bring him to Everton, and his underlying numbers indicate that may not be as hard as some people think.

Over the last 12 months, Winks has ranked in the 98th percentile for progressive passes amongst fellow central midfielders and the 86th for expected assists, as per FBref, indicating he still has a lot to offer at the top level.

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