Ben Davies and Harry Winks both reported for their first day of preseason training at Tottenham Hotspur today, and also must have spent time warming up their writing fingers. Confirming a link from this weekend, Tottenham confirmed that both Davies and Winksy have committed their futures to the club, signing a new five year contract that will keep them Spurs players through 2024. The full story was first posted on the official Tottenham Hotspur app.
We said this after the news was first leaked — this is a good extension for Davies, even doesn’t turn out to be a key player for Spurs. Tottenham always need solid role players, and Davies is an unflashy but very serviceable left back. While the extension does call Danny Rose’s future into question, especially after Rose has in the past admitted he’d like to play “up north” before the end of his career and saying he’s getting tired of football, it means that Davies will be around to train and help develop whoever Rose’s successor might be. That could be someone like Ryan Sessegnon, a player linked to Spurs for years now, or someone else we don’t yet know about. (Or, y’know, Danny could stay.)
As for Winksy, he struggled with injury again last season but was a solid, stabilizing presence in a pretty decimated midfield when he was healthy. He had minor hernia surgery at the very end of last season that got him healthy enough to play in the Champions League final, and this new deal means that he should continue to be a major contributor to Spurs’ midfielder going forward, even with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele and possible signing of Giovani Lo Celso. He’s also still young and English, so it’s unlikely he’s hit his ceiling and helps Spurs keep the homegrown quota intact. Makes a lot of sense to keep him around and happy.
Neither Winksy nor Davies are superstars, but they are solid talents that are good contributors and can really do a job for Spurs. It’s a good decision to extend their Tottenham careers. Congrats to both!