After coming narrowly close to a move away from Tottenham this summer, Victor Wanyama is now likely to get very few opportunities under Mauricio Pochettino, according to Alisdair Gold.
The Kenyan, who arrived at Spurs from Southampton in 2016, looked certain to depart the club amid strong interest from Belgian outfit Club Brugge, who reportedly agreed on a £13.5m move for the midfielder with Spurs.
That move never materialised, however, with football.london reporting that it could have been down to a dispute over his potential wages in Belgium. A late loan switch back to former club Celtic was also mentioned, though that also fell on deaf ears when Monday’s European transfer deadline came to a close on Monday night.
With so many midfield options available to manager Mauricio Pochettino – including record-breaking summer signing Tanguy Ndombele – Wanyama looks destined to feature for Spurs’ u23s more than he does the first-team this time out. Even 18-year-old Oliver Skipp now appears to be ahead of him in the pecking order at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, per football.london.
Skipp, a product of Spurs’ youth academy, has been included in Pochettino’s matchday squad twice this season, though he is yet to feature competitively for the Premier League side this term. Wanyama, on the other hand, has yet to be included once.
Following his move from the Saints, Wanyama’s career in north London has sadly been hampered by continuous injury, as shown on Transfermarkt.
After failing to complete a move away, the 28-year-old will now have to wait until January before attempting to seal an exit. Until then, all he can do is get his head down and hope that Pochettino will offer him a chance in the first-team in the club’s forthcoming cup fixtures.
Tottenham face League Two Colchester United at the end of the month in the EFL Cup, which could be an opportunity for the Kenyan to get some much-needed first-team minutes under his belt.
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