Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to free up some transfer funds next year by selling Tottenham’s out of favour player Victor Wanyama.
Wanyama arrived in England in 2013 from Celtic in a much-anticipated move to Southampton Football Club. His strong, physical, and collected performances in the defensive midfield role, which he occupied on the south-coast for three years before moving to Spurs in 2016, have become synonymous with his game.
However, despite his career in north London starting off promisingly, Wanyama has been relegated to a peripheral role in the team following the resurgence of Eric Dier in his preferred midfield position. Reports in the Sun are now linking him with a move away from the club.
With the transfer of Victor Wanyama looking all the more likely, attention should be turned to the academy to find a low cost, quality replacement. Here are two players that could fit the bill…
English midfielder George Marsh is known for his ferocious defensive efforts in the holding midfield position, much like Wanyama. Fans may remember a video released not too long ago of Adam Lallana attempting to choke Marsh in their under 23s clash against Liverpool. Presumably, for the very reason he’s made it onto this list: physicality.
The young prospect has represented Tottenham at almost every level, securing a number of appearances in UEFA Youth League, Premier League 2, FA Youth cup finals, and Tottenham’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Another young English prospect who operates in the centre of the park, Oakley-Boothe is creating a bit of a name for himself amongst the Tottenham faithful.
His performances levels very rarely dip, and he’s well-known for putting in 100% commitment week in week out. Much like the other player we have listed, Oakley-Booth dons an incredibly calm approach to play, with pinpoint distribution on the ball, and strong, physical displays off it.
He’s represented Tottenham at youth level, started all the games in the 2017 pre-season tour, and made his competitive senior debut against Barnsley in the Caraboa cup in the same year. Oakley-Boothe’s talents have also been noticed by the England setup, where he’s represented the Young Lions at under-16 and under-17 level.