The chairman of one of Kenya’s biggest football clubs has urged countryman Victor Wanyama to leave Totteham Hotspur.
Kenya captain and ex-Celtic man Wanyama has been totally frozen-out by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho. So far this season, the midfield powerhouse has only made four appearances with one of them coming under Mourinho (Transfermarkt).
Wanyama has also recently received a fresh blow when he was omitted from Spurs’ Champions League squad. It’s a sign of just how little he’s been used under the Portuguese tactician (Goal).
This recent decline has led to a chairman from his homeland calling for him to move on. Speaking to Goal, Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula stated that Wanyama has suffered “humiliation” in London.
“He doesn’t deserve the treatment he is getting now at Spurs. Clearly, [Wanyama] has helped Spurs and was one of the key players when they reached Champions League final last season and the kind of humiliation he is going through now is not acceptable.
“It is time for [Wanyama] to make up a sober decision but if you ask me, I will tell him to move to another club, the way [Mourinho] is talking means he doesn’t have a future at the club.”
Wage demands still an issue?
It seems as though clubs could’ve managed to sign Wanyama in January had his wage demands not been a stumbling block.
On transfer deadline day, Sky Sports reported that Celtic were in talks with Spurs over a deal for the Kenyan. The Daily Mail then later provided a report saying Celtic couldn’t meet Wanyama’s wage demands.
In the end, nobody ended up taking the midfielder. He’s now stuck at Tottenham until the end of the season at the earliest.
So it looks as though Wanyama may have to tinker with his expectations in order to get playing regularly again. Even other Premier League clubs could be put off by his £65k-per-week wage packet in London. It’s not a figure that clubs will just throw around.
The problem for Celtic is that he would likely have to drop his wages by around half at least if he was to come to Parkhead. The Hoops are quite entitled to not break their wage structure for him. There has to be a desire from both parties to get a deal done in the future.
In any case, it’s good to see some pressure coming from his home country now. The less Wanyama plays, the less effective he’ll be for his country. It’s just a shame he’s had to settle for another few months at Tottenham.