Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has been accused of ‘unprofessionalism’ by his Kenyan international manager.
The 27-year-old former Celtic and Southampton man has become a valuable member of the squad following his £11million arrival back in the summer of 2016 and he now boasts 71 appearances to his name across all competitions for us, but he’s yet to take to the pitch for manager Mauricio Pochettino in the season of 2018/19 as he continues to build his way back to full fitness following injury.
The player did, of course, miss parts of last season with hamstring and cartilage injuries but he was an unused substitute in the recent game against Watford.
Having received a call-up from his country for their AFCON qualifier against Ghana, despite his lack of pitch time, the Evening Standard quote Kenya head coach Sebastien Migne as saying.
“Wanyama should have travelled so that our medical staff can assess his injury. We should be a bit professional in such situations.”
With our player having withdrawn through official channels according to Spurs themselves, I fail to see what is unprofessional about that. They were informed and presumably accepted otherwise he would’ve had to travel to be assessed by their medical staff under the laughable international rules in play.
It’s arrogant to presume otherwise and we’re seeing it more and more with international games and the comments of managers thinking they are all important when they’re not. Clubs often get the short straw here as do fans and the requirement to turn up to even be assessed is outdated in the modern game, if a player doesn’t want to play and prioritises their real job, that’s a choice for them.
Especially in the case of a man who hasn’t played a single minute yet.