Is it time for Victor Wanyama to leave Tottenham Hotspurs
One of Kenya’s finest players of his generation, Victor Wanyama is wasting on the bench at his club in England. There is no doubt that playing in the English Premier League is a tough ask more so if you want to command a first team starting spot in one of the league’s top 6 teams.
However, if you have the talent like that of Victor Wanyama, warming the bench week in week out should not really be a regular occurrence. As the season moves to a close, the summer transfer window is also drawing close and with it re the rumours of potential departures and arrivals. In anticipation of probably player moves, various sportsbooks and online casinos have opened betting markets on players they think might just be seeking moves during the summer transfer window and one of those players is Kenya’s Victor Wanyama.
Limited opportunities at Tottenham
Victor Wanyama has found it difficult this season to break into Spurs’ first team. This was not the case however at the start of the season when he featured from the start in the season’s opening matches. However, a long-term injury hampered his season spending close to three months on the sidelines. Wanyama’s injury coincidently came at the same time when Spurs teammate and Wanyama competitor for the same team spot, Moussa Dembele suffered also an injury that kept him on the sidelines for some time. They both made their return at exactly the same time. Dropping the youthful Harry Winks, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino picked Moussa Dembele in favour of Victor Wanyama and since then, Wanyama has been playing understudy to Dembele.
All of Wanyama’s potential suitors according to sportsbooks are teams from England including Liverpool. Liverpool was interested in Victor Wanyama even before his move to Spurs from Southampton and it seems they still have an interest in the Kenyan. For a starting spot, a move to Anfield will undoubtedly be a good proposition for both Liverpool and Wanyama but the question is will he automatically become a starter at Liverpool. In Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, Liverpool has two players who play in the same role as Wanyama. As captain, it’s a certainty Henderson if fit would start but Henderson’s fitness is not guaranteed. It’s different however with Emre Can but he too has some issues, in the summer he will be a free agent and indications now are that there is no agreement between him and Liverpool. If he leaves then a spot for Wanyama opens up but if not then it’s unlikely Wanyama will move to Anfield.
Another team that has been linked with Victor Wanyama is Manchester United. The way things have gone this season for Manchester United means they will be busy in the summer but the question hangs concerning which areas they will prioritise. Mourinho likes players like Wanyama who are soldiers on the field but with critics saying Manchester United are playing boring football, will he prioritise defensive players as opposed to offensive players. If he wants an addition or two in central midfield then Wanyama is a possibility but if flair is what is wanted, then a move is unlikely for Wanyama.