Victor Wanyama, Tottenham’s New Midfield Beast

Although Dele Alli popped up the match saver in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, it was Victor Wanyama who stole the show, bossing the midfield and winning back possession nearly every time Spurs lost it.

Tottenham Hotspur barely missed out on winning the 2015-16 Premier League title. They were in the hunt all season long only to capitulate right at the end and fall victim to the greatness of surprise victors Leicester City. One thing that Tottenham certainly could have used in their hunt for the title last season was a dominating midfield presence. Eric Dier was excellent at holding in front of the defense, dropping in as a third centre back at times while Mousa Dembele was excellent on the ball and going from box to box, but what was lacking in the Spurs’ midfield was a true ball winner, that could win back possession whenever they gave it away. But now after spending big in the summer to bring Victor Wanyama in from Southampton for 13 million pounds, Tottenham Hotspur have been unstoppable this season and have gone eight games so far in the league without a single defeat. The Kenyan midfielder has been instrumental to Spurs’ success giving Spurs the best of both Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele as he sits in front of the back four and frees up all these incredible attacking talents that Pocchettino has in his ranks to roam forward, create chances and score goals. At 76 kilograms (167 pounds), Wanyama is one of the strongest midfielders in the league and has the physical presence and stature to dominate over any midfielder he comes up against. The Kenyan midfielder does the simple things. He’s a very good passer of the ball with 88% accuracy so far in the league and never fails when under pressure or called into action defensively. In eight matches, so far, Wanyama has made 18 tackles (the same amount as Chelsea star N’Golo Kante), 15 clearances (more than Kante) and has been instrumental to Tottenham’s defence, constantly winning back possession in the midfield third every time Spurs lose the ball and helping them keep 4 clean sheets so far.

Wanyama has had a meteoric rise to the top of world football after making the journey over from Kenya to Belgium just on the off-chance that AC Beerschot would take him into their side and after successful spells with Celtic and Southampton he now finds himself at one of the best clubs in the world in one of the best positions to win the league this year.

Although Mousa Dembele has more class, poise and ability on the ball and Eric Dier has more natural ability in defense, Victor Wanyama is doing everything to make Spurs tick at the moment and as a result, deserves his place in the side ahead of the pair of them. Victor Wanyama has been incredible so far for Tottenham Hotspur and deserves a lot of credit for the bright start that they have made.

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