While Tottenham became the first club to not sign any new players in the transfer window, Huddersfield brought in nine new recruits in order to try and stay in the Premier League.
In risky fashion, Mauricio Pochettino didn’t strengthen his side over the summer and at the moment is going through one of the toughest points of his career. Huddersfield, however, needed to bring in some new faces to the squad.
Two players who were already at the two teams and who have established themselves as first-team regulars are Victor Wanyama and Aaron Mooy.
So let’s compare the two midfielders…
Signed for £11 million from Southampton in 2016, Wanyama has established himself as a regular for Spurs since his arrival and has been a rock for Pochettino in midfield. Considering how well he had played during his time at Southampton, to capture the Kenyan for just £11 million is an absolute steal and represents some superb business from Tottenham.
While technically, he may not have the greatest ability, his ability to break up play and read the game well defensively is a key part to Spurs’ style of play. Moreover, in tandem with Moussa Dembele, the former Celtic man has formed a solid partnership and is arguably one of the most undervalued in the league.
This season he’s struggled to get into the team due to injury and has only made one appearance in the league. If he can stay fit, he’s about to go into his prime years and should be the man to replace Dembele in midfield.
TT Grade: B
Signed on a permanent deal from Manchester City last summer for £8 million, Aaron Mooy had a superb season last year for the Terriers. A combative midfielder who’s underrated technically, Mooy was a crucial part in Huddersfield remaining in the Premier League.
Playing 36 games in the league last season, Mooy is one of the most underrated players in the league and probably doesn’t get the respect he deserves, most likely because he’s playing for Huddersfield and not someone like Spurs or Everton.
Playing at the base of midfield in tandem with Philip Billing, Mooy is going to be essential once again in Huddersfield staying in the league this year. However, if the club do get relegated this year, there’s no doubt he’ll attract plenty of interest.
TT Grade: B-
Both players are very similar in their ability to break up play, although Wanyama is probably better at reading the game. However, getting such a quality player for only £11 million is an absolute steal for Spurs. When he’s at his best and injury free, Wanyama is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league and should be the successor to Dembele.
Although Mooy is a very reliable player and better than some think, Wanyama wins this battle just for his ability and the price Spurs bought him for.