John Hartson has offered his thoughts on Celtic’s potential move for Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama and has warned the club to consider any move carefully.
The former Celtic forward is a big fan of Wanyama, but in an interview with Football Fancast, he offered insight into the reason he thinks the club might want to think carefully before bringing back the midfielder to Celtic Park.
“He’s a very good midfielder but Celtic have got good midfield players. They’ve got a collection at their disposal and they can only play four. Does it upset the balance if you bring in Wanyama all of a sudden?”Hartson said.
“There are a few clubs who will be interested in Wanyama. He’s big, he’s solid, he’s reliable, he’s a physical presence in both boxes. He’s a very, very good player and that’s why he’s playing for one of the top four clubs.”
Wanyama has struggled to get back into the fold under Mauricio Pochettino after suffering a number of injuries, and there was reported (via the Daily Record) interest from Celtic in the summer.
The Kenyan international is in his fourth season with Spurs but has gradually seen his appearances and game time drop over the course of those seasons, with Wanyama only making 13 Premier League appearances last season.
Spurs manager Pochettino has opted for the likes of Harry Winks and new signing Tanguy Ndombele ahead of Wanyama this season, meaning the former Southampton man could well be looking for a move come January.
While Hartson may have a point given the number of midfielders in the Bhoys’ squad and the fact the club have largely operated with a 4-2-3-1 system (WhoScored) thus far this season, he has previously proven to be a quality player in Scotland, and adding Premier League quality talent in the Scottish top flight has to be seen as a bonus. Indeed, just look at Fraser Forster’s impact since his return to Parkhead or how well Scott Sinclair took to the Scottish game following his move from Swansea in 2016, winning the Player of the Year Award in his first season.
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