After helping Southampton climb to an impressive 6th place finish, just 7 points adrift of 3rd place Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League places, Victor Wanyama became a prime target for Mauricio Pochettino in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Tottenham’s interest was no great secret to the footballing world and Spurs eventually made an official announcement to confirm his arrival on June 23rd 2016, much to the delight of the expectant supporters.
what a way to start the summer! Fantastic signing! #WelcomeWanyama
— THFC Fans (@THFC__Fans) June 23, 2016
In him, we have one of the best midfield destroyers in the Premiere League and perhaps even CL #WelcomeWanyama
— KnottyKev (@knottykev) June 24, 2016
— Allan Vestergård Matyla Freyborg (@Freye74) June 23, 2016
— Johnny G! (@TheRealJohnnyG_) June 23, 2016
— YID (@Vikramcoys) June 24, 2016
— Colin Mehigan (@colinmehigan) June 23, 2016
The deal saw Pochettino reunite with a player whom he brought to the Premier League from Celtic shortly after he took the reigns at Southampton, so it seemed clear that the Argentine played a key role in bringing Wanyama to north London.
As the above tweets serve to prove, Tottenham supporters were extremely excited about seeing Wanyama in action after watching him combine technical quality and physical power to great effect at the heart of Southampton’s midfield.
Whilst typically operating playing alongside Eric Dier or Mousa Dembele, the Kenya international was a mainstay at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield on his debut season as he made 35 starts in the Premier League and a further 5 starts from 6 Champions League fixtures.
But a hyaline cartilage injury kept him out of the first half of the 2017/18 campaign and he hasn’t quite managed to win his place back ever since.
The 27-year-old midfielder remains absent from the first-team squad but he has been training at Enfield during the international break ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.
The initial hype which surrounded Wanyama’s arrival emerged for a very good reason and there’s no doubt his regular presence has been sorely missed in the past 12 months and, upon his full return, his performances will be pivotal to the club’s success throughout the current campaign.
In a 2016 summer transfer window in which Spurs also signed Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges Kevin N’Koudou, Wanyama stands out as the signing of the summer by some distance.
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