It would appear that Victor Wanyama’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur still hasn’t improved despite the change of manager.
Neil Lennon said as recently as the club’s AGM last month that he’s still open to signing the Kenyan (Daily Record, live AGM blog, 13:32).
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Wanyama only managed to play in three of his 17 matches in charge this season. Only two of those were cameo appearances in the Premier League whilst his other outing was against Colchester United in the EFL Cup (Transfermarkt).
However, when Mourinho came in the door last month, that could’ve been a concern for Celtic. The idea of a new manager generally means a clean slate for the players. Thankfully, that doesn’t look to necessarily be the case for big Vic.
In Mourinho’s five matches in charge, Wanyama has failed to make a single matchday squad. West Ham, Olympiakos, Bournemouth, Manchester United, and Burnley have all been on the agenda since Mourinho’s appointment. Wanyama hasn’t been required for any of them.
Instead, the new Tottenham manager continues to favour the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, and Erik Dier ahead of him.
Mourinho has already confirmed that he’s fit
Mourinho has commented on Wanyama’s future too. As reported by Football London, he had this to say on the big Kenyan:
“I know how good Victor is, I know he is not playing lately. Of course when you don’t play regularly you lose a little bit of that match condition. He is fit, he is fine, he has no physical problems at all. But one thing is to be fit and another is to be match fitness, match intensity, match pace.
“He needs to play and in this moment, in this phase – me just arriving and trying to organise a team and trying to a few good results – it is difficult to bring him to the team a player in this situation.”
So it’s clear that Wanyama is fit to play but just isn’t being favoured in North London.
Sunday’s match at Hampden proved that we could certainly do with having him too. With the pressure we were under, the Kenyan international would’ve been an ideal player to have battling for us in the midfield. To even suggest that there would be no place for him here isn’t true.
And, as we head into January, his first-team prospects at Spurs fortunately still haven’t changed. Hopefully, this is enough to spark Celtic into action when the window opens next month.