Victor Wanyama’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur may have just changed after the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Former manager Mauricio Pochettino was sacked last night, and fans today woke up to the news that the former Porto, Real Madrid, and Manchester United manager had been handed the reins on a three-and-a-half-year contract (Sky Sports).
The Guardian, meanwhile, stated in their transfer round-up column yesterday that Celtic were still interested in a loan deal for the Kenyan. This comes after Lennon admitted that he was interested in the player back in September (Scottish Sun).
So what relevance does this appointment have to Celtic? Well, Wanyama had only managed 24 minutes of Premier League action this season under Pochettino. He clearly wasn’t favoured as he’s been handed just one start all season (Transfermarkt).
However, Mourinho’s appointment puts a totally different perspective on things. It’s effectively a fresh start for everyone at the club. A new manager always brings a clean slate, and that’s exactly what we didn’t want if we’re going to pursue Victor in January.
It’s worth remembering that Wanyama himself talked up the idea of winning his place back as recently as last month (Capital FM). With a new manager now in charge, he has the perfect chance to do just that.
What will Mourinho make of Wanyama?
Mourinho will likely come into the job having a good idea of the Spurs squad at his disposal. The Portuguese tactician has been doing work for Sky Sports this season, so he may know his favoured XI already.
There’s also plenty of time between now and January for Wanyama to work his way in or stay out of the Spurs first-team by January. Mourinho will surely want to do work in the mid-season window. Therefore, any potential deal for big Vic may not be lost.
It will be interesting to hear what Mourinho has to say in the coming weeks. His comments on squad selection and certain individuals could be a key pointer on where Wanyama stands.
But for now, his appointment can only be seen as a fresh start. If this is a deal we want to do in January, there’s a chance circumstances may change.
The coming weeks are sure to be interesting as we near the opening of the January window. Spurs have 10 games between now and the start of January. Wanyama’s chances of a move could depend on how often he features in them.