The Tottenham Hotspur supporters were disappointed by their side’s 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday evening, but they were deeply impressed by the performance of Victor Wanyama in midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have suffered a minor blip in the last week after only taking a solitary point from their two fixtures against Manchester City and Brighton, but they should still have enough quality to ensure they finish inside the top-four this season. Tottenham’s result against Brighton saw Victor Wanyama complete 90 minutes in a Premier League fixture for only the 4th time since he returned from injury at the beginning of the year, and he was extremely impressive alongside Moussa Sissoko in midfield.
Although Wanyama is undoubtedly a quality player, he has often found himself in Dembele’s shadow since he arrived from Southampton, and the emergence of Eric Dier has also made him something of an afterthought at times. His lack of first-team football since he returned from injury is hardly surprising as Pochettino is typically reluctant to expect too much of his players after they return from injury.
The lack of first-team football which both Lucas Moura and Toby Alderweireld have played since the turn of the year serves to illuminate this point, but that has not prevented speculation regarding his future from propping up in the British media.
Wanyama has been linked with a move away from the club on countless occasions this season, and if the Kenyan international does indeed decide to embark on a new challenge this summer, Pochettino should make a bid to sign Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).
Doucoure has been one of, if not Watford’s standout performer so far this season in central midfield. Although the Frenchman still has plenty to prove in English football, initial indications suggest he could be a perfect replacement for Wanyama.
Doucoure has a tendency to venture forward more often than Wanyama, but he is more than capable of adopting an anchor role as well as a box-to-box midfield role. The fact he scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists this season emphasises his ability to influence the game in the final-third and, alongside a more defensive minded player such as Eric Dier, he could continue his fine goal-scoring record with the Lilywhites.
In an ideal world, Tottenham will keep hold of Wanyama this summer, but if he eventually decides to depart the club this summer then Pochettino should advise Daniel Levy to bring Doucoure to the club as his replacement.
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