There was an interesting development that may concern Celtic in last night’s FA Cup clash of Spurs vs Middlesbrough.
Jose Mourinho named a much-changed squad from Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Yet, surprise surprise, there was still no Victor Wanyama.
That’s despite the fact that several youth products got a chance to shine instead. The likes of Oliver Skipp, Dennis Cirkin, and Japhet Tanganga all managed to get places in the squad ahead of big Vic.
Considering it was Spurs’ first match in the FA Cup this season, this came as a slight surprise. Even though Wanyama has been frozen out recently, this seemed like the ideal match for him to get some minutes.
It also comes just days after Mourinho stated that there have been no discussions with Wanyama about leaving the club this month (Football.London).
Mourinho comments don’t mean Wanyama is unavailable
It’s clear that Spurs have yet to be approached with regards to the Kenyan this month. Mourinho’s words make it quite clear that there have been no discussions whatsoever. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t available if someone was to come in.
Buying Wanyama is always going to be tough given what counts as decent money down there. However, there’s nothing to stop Celtic from going in and trying to sway Spurs with a loan deal. After all, we can always attach a fee to it as well to help cover more of his wages.
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that he doesn’t have much of a future in London. If he was going to be given the chance to impress, he would’ve been given it last night. Spurs have matches coming up against Watford, Norwich, Southampton, and Manchester City respectively. Where does Wanyama fit in there?
The fact that the Spurs coaching staff are selecting youth products over him doesn’t say a lot. So far under Mourinho, Wanyama has only played once in a season full of blows. That was a cameo against Bayern Munich too. He’s yet to make a single Premier League matchday squad under the Portuguese (Transfermarkt).
It seems mind-boggling as to why we wouldn’t take a punt on this one. Yes, god forbid we have to spend a bit of money to get it done, but with nine-in-a-row in real danger this season, we can’t leave any expense spared.
Mourinho’s comments simply suggest nobody has come in for Vic. His omission last night tells you just where he is in their plans too. Hopefully, the Hoops seize on the uncertainty.