Tottenham Hotspur’s Victor Wanyama has been rather unfortunate over the past couple of years.
The Kenya international could arguably be one of the best midfielders in the game if it were not for the fact that he had to spend so much time on the sidelines – he made just 22 appearances for us last season in another injury hit year (Transfermarkt). Following the 2016/17 campaign, he was voted to be one of the top 20 in the Premier League by the Telegraph.
There is no doubting that the £65,000-a-week (Spotrac) star has all the tools to be a successful footballer in the Premier League – his performances for us and Southampton over the years have proved that point.
However, his injury record is something that has created a large amount of concern and with Spurs facing the possibility of playing two matches per week moving forward, there will be some rather huge doubts about whether Wanyama can continue to cope with the demands required.
In fact, perhaps Mauricio Pochettino does not think the Kenyan will be able to as it is thought the club could look to shift him on this summer should they receive a suitable offer for him. But, it seems Wanyama thinks his future could still be in north London next season as he has dropped an interesting comment regarding his plans for the upcoming campaign.
“Pochettino is a great coach who works very hard in every training (session). He has a constant desire to succeed and win all matches, which is reflected in the players through his help,” he told Goal ahead of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
“He has his own way of dealing with each player, advising us on and off the pitch continuously and taking care of everyone to get even more out of every player on the pitch. I always look forward to working with him and taking advantage of his advice to develop and perform in the stadium in the best way possible.
“The African Championship is a good opportunity to regain my level and prepare my fitness fully before the holiday and then prepare for the new season, which will be a new personal challenge.”
Now, considering his future at Tottenham is on the line, it does not seem as though Wanyama is looking elsewhere at the moment and is firmly keen on remaining with Spurs for the foreseeable future. And, if he were to perform well in the Africa Cup of Nations and maintain his fitness levels, then perhaps he could be a vital member of the squad once again moving forward.
Obviously, if the likes of Tanguy Ndombele were to arrive, any chance he may have of getting a shot in Pochettino’s first-team will become extremely limited and could be the final nail in the coffin for him, as we eluded to in a previous article on Vital Spurs.
However, if the 27-year-old manages to prove his worth with his performances for Kenya (who face Algeria, Tanzania and Senegal), then the manager may have no choice but to have a change of heart and give him another chance to shine in the Premier League for us.