Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama is said to be on the shortlist of targets for West Ham this summer (ExWHUemployee).
The Kenyan was a regular fixture in Mauricio Pochettino’s team during his first season at the club back in 2016/17, playing 47 times for Spurs.
However, more recently he has been struggling with a recurring knee problem which meant he missed much of last season and made just 13 Premier League appearances for the European finalists.
Also, competition has increased as record signing Tanguy Ndombele has joined the fold to battle Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks for a starting place.
And with the Hammers potentially looking to replace Pedro Obiang, who is supposedly likely to leave according to the same source, Wanyama may see this as the perfect time to look for game time elsewhere.
There is no doubting when both Winks and Sissoko were fit and firing on all cylinders last season that Pochettino was a massive fan of the partnership, as he indicated during a press-conference in December.
”They are playing so well, enjoying football and the mix between them is fantastic”, said the Argentine.
”They are working together very well and the team is getting the benefit of this partnership.”
That is because they both possess qualities which make them more all-round midfielders than Wanyama.
Winks’ pass completion rate last season – 91.6% – was more than 10% higher than the former Southampton man’s and shows that, on the ball, the Englishman is far better at keeping possession.
And now with Ndombele coming in – someone who provided a far great number of key passes than any of the three Spurs midfielders last season – you start to see Wanyama as the one with little to offer, who will likely be left out in the cold.
So, before even mentioning the possibility of Nicolo Zaniolo (Mirror) joining the north London outfit from Roma, it already looks like an incredibly difficult task for the Nairobi-born enforcer to find a way into the team.
To that end, Spurs should sell him to try to both raise funds and free up space in the squad.
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