A Premier League midfielder is once again desperate to join Tottenham this summer and play Champions League football – along with a reunion with Mauricio Pochettino.
It won’t come as a surprise to many Southampton fans to read this news, Victor Wanyama wants to join Tottenham this summer. The Kenyan midfielder has been pushing for a move to North London ever since Pochettino left, and it seems that this summer may be the one where he finally gets his wish.
Wanyama has turned down a 5-year contract offer and now Southampton are looking to cash in on him, but will not accept a bid of less than £20million. Wanyama would compete with Eric Dier for a place in the starting line-up, as Pochettino looks to add depth to his midfield options before playing Champions League football for the first time as a manager.
Ronald Koeman will once again look to rebuild his squad following another sale, but Saints fans should be confident that he can rebuild with quality once again, as he has shown so many times before.
Pochettino is aware of Wanyama’s Champions League experience that he gained at Celtic. At just 24 years old, he is still young and will fit in with the rest of the squads young but hungry players.
A statistical comparison of Dier and Wanyama reveals they are very similar players. The stats show that Pochettino is probably interested in Wanyama because he gives the squad another defensive destructive midfielder, something they would lack should Dier get injured. They have extremely similar stats in terms of total forward passes, aerial duels won and pass completion rates. An area Wanyama really stand ahead of Dier is in terms of tackles won, he manages 2.56 per game, which is greater than Dier’s 1.77. But it is also worth noting that Dier makes less fouls than Wanyama – 1.43 per 90 compared to 1.80, a subtle difference. Dier is of course just 22 years old and may struggle to consistently keep his place in the team should Wanyama arrive, but competition brings out the best in everyone.
Wanyama could take Ryan Mason’s place in the Tottenham squad. Mason is expected to join Bournemouth for around £5million and signing Wanyama as his replacement would be a big improvement and help strengthen that squad – something Tottenham need to do if they are to contend for the title.