The Mighty Kenyan.
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 9, 2016
Victor Wanyama arrived at Southampton in 2013 after a very successful season in the SPL winning the championship with Celtic. Southampton managed to fight off other potential suitors to his signature and sign the Kenyan power house for around £12.5 Million pounds. This made Victor the first ever Kenyan to play premier league football.
His first season under Mauricio Pochettino on the South Coast was excellent. At the start it was a bit shaky but this was expected after the huge switch from the Scottish Premier League to the Premier League. Victor eventually formed a formidable partnership with fan favourite Morgan Schneiderlin. This partnership was dubbed by most as the best Defensive Midfield partnership in the league. Unfortunately for Victor his season was hindered by injury so he only went on to play 24 times for his new club. A large majority of the games missed was down to suffering a hairline fracture in his leg during a loss at home to Aston Villa.
Victor has had a mixed season so far. Stating he wanted a move and consequently putting a transfer request which was quickly rejected by the club. The loss of Morgan Schneiderlin seems to have affected Wanyama and now doesn’t look as assured in the centre of the park. His performances haven’t been as consistent as what they used to be and often drifting in and out of games. One game he will be brilliant and unplayable but then the next he can’t play anywhere near his high standards. This season Victors discipline has been a real issue, picking up 3 red cards and 5 yellows. As a Defensive Midfielder it is expected that you will receive bookings but the 3 red cards have meant he’s missed 8 games so far this season. Currently he is the last game of his 5 game ban.
It seems now that a lot more Southampton fans would rather see Oriol Romeu and Jordy Clasie in the Defensive Midfield positions now and at this moment I can’t disagree, both have been excellent since Christmas. Now Clasie has adjusted to the pace of the league he has slotted into the team perfectly. Also Romeu, who was brought in as backup has now forced his way into the team after a string of brilliant performances and is now playing regular football on the South Coast.
Wanyama has had a fair few brilliant games this season, Most of them coming in bigger games but now he doesn’t seem to impose himself on games like he did before. No doubt Spurs wouldn’t want him now after the summer transfer attempt after the efforts of Eric Dier who is bossing the DM position and pushing for a Senior England call up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Wanyama. And believe that on his day he’s one of the best DM’s in the league but any fan can tell he’s definitely not been at the races this season.
So what has happened to Wanyama? Players like Messi and Iniesta singing his praises after Celtic’s 2-1 win over Barcelona to now being so underwhelming. I feel, like many other fans that constant transfer speculation has stopped him from concentrating on his game and sidetracked him.
Now his contract has one year left. So it’s really up to Victor to choose what he does. Will he sign a new contract with us or will he get what he seems to want and get a move to a bigger club. I believe that we will cash in before he’s a free agent. As much as I would like to see him stay I can’t see him wanting to.