Why I believe Victor Wanyama would be an excellent addition to our squad:
According to BBC sport we are believed to have agreed a fee with Southampton for the signing of Southampton’s 24 year old midfielder Victor Wanyama for a fee of 11 million pounds. We have been linked with the Kenya international for some time now and I truly believe that Wanyama will prove to be a key signing for Pochettino over the coming seasons. Wanyama is a tenacious defensive midfielder who has demonstrated his excellent ability with in the centre of the park through out his career. Imperatively Wanyama will provide us with key cover next season, as he will be vying for a place in the centre of midfield with our talented pool of midfielders. Furthermore, Wanyama’s leadership will prove paramount over the coming seasons, with leadership being one of Wanyama’s best qualities. I have long been an admirer of Wanyama’s, since I first saw him play for Celtic a couple of seasons ago I immediately became aware of his fantastic footballing ability and class with on the pitch. Wanyama has already experienced five different footballing cultures and has impressed in every country he has played in.
Background information: Wanyama is from Nairobi in Kenya and he comes from a family with a rich sporting history with three of his brothers being professional footballers, with McDonald Mariga playing for Latina in Italy whilst he’s two other brothers Thomas and Sylvester also playing in the Kenyan premier league. It doesn’t end there as he’s sister Mercy is a professional basketball player in the USA, whilst he’s father Noah Wanyama also played for AFC Leopards in Kenya in the 1980’s. Wanyama’s maturity and leadership on the field of play probably stems from the fact that he made his debut for the Kenyan national team at just 15 years of age, Wanyama has since been capped 42 times for the Kenya national side. Since starting off for the JMJ Youth Academy in Kenya in 2006 Wanyama has went on to play in four different countries: Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and England and has gained a reputation as an excellent and powerful midfielder.
Style of play: Victor Wanyama operates as a defensive midfielder who’s key attributes include his phenomenal strength and power with in the midfield. Wanyama is a similar type of player to our star performer last season Mousa Dembele, in the sense that both possess fantastic strength with on the ball as well as being able to read the game extremely well with in the centre of the park. Wanyama is capable of making some incredible and well timed challenges which he has shown over the past few seasons in addition, Wanyama is known for he’s powerful surging attacking runs as he shrugs of opposition players from the ball in the process. Furthermore, Wanyama has an exceptional shooting ability having scored a whole host of long ranges shots which have powered past the goalkeeper in recent seasons. Wanyama ultimately has all the attributes of a top midfielder, he possesses a great knowledge of the game and has been able to implement and master both an offensive and defensive style to his game. I believe that next season Wanyama will prove to be a key player for the Lillywhites and I believe that Pochettino and Levy seem to have done another fantastic deal by securing a top player who in modern days ought to be considered a bargain.
On a different note I hope that we keep Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll as they are all different types of players who can all benefit our style of play. Finally it is worth mentioning that Wanyama has already played in the champions league for Celtic, with Wanyama being a key performer for the SPL club in the 2012/13 campaign. You can view a selection of videos which I feel showcase Wanyama’s talent on the field, which are provided below. COYS⚽️