Several sources, such as Sky Sports and the Daily Express, have claimed that Tottenham have made their first move in this summer’s transfer window by sweeping in for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama. The 24 year old Kenyan captain played under Pochettino during his stint at Southampton and Spurs are said to have made a £12 million bid for the defensive midfielder. Numerous sources understand that Wanyama flew to London on Sunday to complete a medical and that the move will be confirmed on Monday or Tuesday.Embed from Getty Images
One of the key elements in a Pochettino team is the defensive midfield shield, protecting the defence and providing the steel in the middle of the park. At Southampton, Pochettino had Schneiderlin and Wanyama to fulfil this role and at Tottenham, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier have slotted into the role with ease, both evolving into completely different players under the Argentine’s management. Wanyama, Dembele and Dier will all provide strength in the Tottenham team and will form a very effective defensive shield in front of the back four. Victor Wanyama is a Pochettino type of player and will slot seamlessly into the Spurs manager’s regime, giving Pochettino the option to rotate in the defensive midfield position with Spurs having a hectic schedule for the 2016-17 season.
Wanyama worked under Pochettino at Southampton so the Argentinean manager will know a lot about the Kenyan’s game, meaning that he will be ideal at White Hart Lane. It also means that Wanyama understands what will be expected of him at Spurs and will know the Pochettino game inside out so shouldn’t take long to adjust to new surroundings.
Furthermore, Toby Alderweireld was at Southampton at the same time as Wanyama so there will definitely be familiar faces for him when he arrives in North London.Embed from Getty Images
The crucial error Tottenham made in splashing the cash in the summer of 2013 was that it was spent on players who were yet to play in the Premier League. Wanyama, on the other hand, has played a key role in an impressive Southampton team over the past couple of seasons, racking up 92 appearances in his 3 seasons in English football. His experience of the Premier League could be the key to another successful signing for Spurs – will Wanyama follow in the footsteps of Toby Alderweireld by coming to Tottenham after playing for Southampton and become a crucial part in the on-going Pochettino revolution?
Additionally, the Kenyan has experience of playing in the Champions League when he was with Scottish champions Celtic. In the 2012-13 season, Wanyama scored against Barcelona in a Group Stage match, a match Celtic won 2-1 on their way to ending as runners-up in the group and progressing to the knockout stages.
Wanyama will have to be careful with his discipline if he is recruited by Spurs. Tottenham ended the season with no red cards in the Premier League whereas Wanyama was sent off 3 times. However, discipline is only a minor concern for a player who will bring a lot to the Tottenham team.
If he does indeed sign for Spurs, it could signal the end of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll’s Tottenham careers. Wanyama is of the same quality as Dembele and Dier and will definitely be a step up for Spurs from the likes of Mason; a step up that is required if Spurs are to be successful in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Mason has already been the subject of rumours this summer and many clubs will surely be interested in the availability of Bentaleb. Pochettino might wish to keep one of these three players with all signs pointing to Ryan Mason although it appears that he will get limited game time if he decides to stay at the Lane.