Should Celtic go after former hero Victor Wanyama?

By daniel.cole

January 4, 2019

With Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham career looking over, Celtic should offer the Kenyan a return to Glasgow.

It looks likely that the midfield powerhouse will depart Spurs this Janaury, with West Brom interested in his signature according to the Daily Mail.

However if reports are true that he doesn’t fancy Championship football, Celtic should ask if he fancies Champions League football next season.

Wanyama was idolised by the Celtic support during his tenure. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It makes perfect sense for Celtic to bring Wanyama back to the club. He was a fans’ favourite during his first stint at the club, winning two league titles and a Scottish Cup.

He scored 13 goals in 91 games at Celtic and wore the iconic number 67 on his jersey. Wanyama was also excellent in Celtic’s Champions League run in 2012/13.

The midfielder rubbed shoulders with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Andrea Pirlo. The Kenyan did not look out of place in that company.

If Spurs are looking to move him on, Celtic should at least ask the question whether he fancies a second spell at the Hoops.

The Kenyan was one of Celtic’s best performers in Europe. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

A huge positive for a Wanyama return would be his presence in the middle of the park. With him in a defensive midfield role, Celtic could unlock the attacking potential of Tom Rogic, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor.

McGregor in particular would be complimented tremendously by a player of Wanyama’s tenacity and guile. A powerhouse in midfield would unlock Celtic’s attacking threat.

He was proven himself to have matured excellently since leaving for Southampton in 2013. He left for £12.5m, which at the time was Celtic’s record fee.

It shouldn’t cost Celtic more than that to bring the midfielder home to Celtic Park.

The midfielder is far too good for Championship football. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Bring him home

Whether Wanyama fancies a return to Glasgow is another matter. It is almost a certainty that he would need to take a massive pay-cut to come back to Celtic.

However, even if he can make more money in the Midlands, he is far too good to be playing second tier football in any country.

He won’t be 28 until his next birthday and is still very much got his best years in front of him.

If he is in fact available to leave Spurs, Celtic have to at least ask the question.