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Profit Players: Victor Wanyama

Profit Players: Victor Wanyama

Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team move back up into second place in the Premier League table with victory on New Year’s Day.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with relegation-threatened Cardiff City off the back of a surprise 3-1 home loss at the hands of newly-promoted Wolves at the weekend, and thus in need of a response when they made the trip to South Wales on Tuesday. And the North Londoners bounced back admirably as goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min sealed a routine 3-0 success for Spurs at the Cardiff City Stadium, in turn moving them above Manchester City into second place in the division.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their side could go on to achieve in 2019 given they are second in the league, through to the last four of the Carabao Cup, and indeed the last-16 of the Champions League.

And excellent recruitment from Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy has played a big role in helping Spurs become one of the best teams in the country, with the £12.96m deal (as per Transfermarkt) to sign Victor Wanyama back in 2016 one example of a shrewd transfer swoop from which the club have certainly reaped the rewards.

Ultimately, the Kenya international earned a move to Spurs as a result of excelling in the heart of the Southampton midfield between 2013 and 2016, in which time he played his part in helping establish the Saints in the top half of the Premier League table with three successive top ten finishes, one of which coming under the guidance of Pochettino.

And the Argentine saw fit to reunite with the 27-year-old at Tottenham as he sought to improve the midfield ranks and thus seek to build a team to challenge for major honours, and it certainly had the desired effect as Wanyama proved an outstanding addition in his first season at the North London outfit.

The midfielder appeared 36 times in the Premier League as Tottenham finished runners-up to champions Chelsea in their final season at White Hart Lane, with the Kenyan star striking up a formidable partnership with Mousa Dembele in the middle of the park – arguably, only Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante were a more effective midfield duo than the Spurs pair.

That season alone highlighted just how excellent an addition Wanyama was and for £12.96m it was proving to be something of a steal, although things haven’t quite gone to plan since then for the midfielder as a result of recurrent injury problems.

The 27-year-old only featured 24 times in all competitions last season and has just seven senior appearances to his name this time round to suggest that injury is getting the better of him at present – unsurprisingly, Spurs are reportedly willing to let him go this month.

And while injury looks set to bring a sorry end to Wanyama’s short stint at Tottenham, one mustn’t forget just how brilliant he was in that first season for Spurs, with Levy very much handing Pochettino a Tottenham star back in the summer of 2016.

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