Victor Wanyama’s move to Montreal Impact was confirmed yesterday, with the Kenyan finally leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
It looked as though a move was off the cards until the summer after failing to secure a transfer on January’s transfer deadline day. Celtic were linked with a last-ditch move for him, but nothing ended up coming of it (Sky Sports).
Fast forward a couple of months and Wanyama has secured his next move – over to Canada to take part in the MLS.
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) March 4, 2020
There’s no denying that America’s top league is growing rapidly. Wanyama joins up with Thierry Henry whilst David Beckham’s new Inter Miami side look exciting. Throw in the fact that the likes of LAFC, Seattle Sounders, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC all look strong this year – there are certainly some good things happening Stateside.
But it’s difficult to shake off the feeling that Wanyama is still leaving for the MLS a touch too soon.
Wanyama could still have made an impact in Europe
Big Vic is currently only 28. He’s about to come into his prime years in football, and it feels a waste that he’ll be doing it in America. Even though the MLS is in a much better place than it was a decade ago, Wanyama could still play in one of Europe’s top leagues today.
Regardless of what you think of the MLS, it still doesn’t hold a candle to the English Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, or Serie A. And Wanyama could easily have played in any of those for the next few years before moving across the pond.
On deadline day, Lazio, who currently lead Serie A, were linked with a last-ditch move for big Vic (Gazzetta dello Sport). That’s a sign of the level of club he could’ve moved to. And make no mistake, plying your trade in Europe is a lot more high-profile than doing so in the USA or Canada.
Granted, it could just be the case that Wanyama didn’t want to wait until the summer. The window in Europe’s top leagues has come to a close. Moving to the USA gives him a chance to sink his teeth into a new project right at the start of the season. The MLS campaign only kicked off at the weekend, with Henry’s Montreal beating New England 2-1.
However, it was only a year ago that Wanyama was playing in the Champions League semi-finals against Ajax. He was still a regular in the Spurs side when fit. Therefore, making such a leap to the MLS so early in his career feels disappointing.
You can understand why the likes of Lewis Morgan made the move to America at 23. He still has time to come back to Europe, and considering things weren’t working out at Celtic, it was a big project for him to reinvent himself with. Wanyama, however, could’ve walked into whatever league he wanted.
Ultimately, however, we all have to respect his decision. Perhaps he simply wanted a lifestyle change and to enjoy a few years living the good life in Canada. From a footballing perspective, however, it’s a disappointing switch.
What are your thoughts on this? Has big Vic jumped to the MLS too soon? Did he have a few more years at the top level left in him? Give us your verdict in the discussion forum below.