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Victor Wanyama has arrived at White Hart Lane to much fanfare. His dream of playing for a Champions League club in the Premier League has finally come true.

As evinced by the effort and time Tottenham Hotspur have put into making his announcement memorable, the club seem excited as he is, to have him don the infamous lilywhite strip.

The arrival of the former Southampton ironman is essentially another step toward making defence more important than attack in England; signing him solidifies Tottenham’s defensive credentials as he will be assisted by Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele in his bids to curb the imagination of the opposition.

The midfield trio can be tipped to bring to fruition the dream Dembele, Paulinho, and Sandro were expected to give life to.

In addition, the mere thought of having to go through the centre-back partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the lucky event of easing past the DDW (you heard it on O-Posts first) should suffice to cause a mental block for any attacker, who attempts to undo the Spurs defence.


What does the Kenyan international bring to plate?

Critically acclaimed for his destroying abilities in the midfield, the Kenyan international also excels in the air, in either 18-yard-box.

In addition to tendering his footballing attributes, Wanayama adds to the squad depth, which proved the most decisive factor that hampered Spurs’ chances of finishing above fierce rivals Arsenal last season.

Whilst the depth is certain to make Pochettino’s men more confident heading into the 2016/17 campaign, it could also sound the death knell for the Tottenham careers of Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason, or Nabil Bentaleb.

Bentaleb may still proceed to resurrect his Spurs career after all the damage recurrent injury issues have inflicted upon it, but the other two may get accustomed to wider roles or explore their chances of joining other clubs.


What should the Tottenham faithful should be wary of?

One of Wanyama’s crowning achievements still remains his outstanding performance against Barcelona in the Champions League in his Celtic kit.

However, his rise to prominence in Scotland was never a bed of roses.

The Celtic faithful had to endure a few months of sub-par performances from Wanyama before he established himself as an automatic starter at Celtic Park.

Whilst his move from Scottish Premier League to the English soil has been rather smooth, Wanyama may still require a few bad performances to play the Tottenham way although the system deployed by Ronald Koeman in St Mary’s Stadium is more or less similar to the one Tottenham’s Argentine gaffer has perfected with his young team.


Written by Praveen Paramasivam

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