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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Victor Wanyama


Victor Wanyama News

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Borussia Dortmund are showing an interest in 26-year-old (27 later this month) Kenyan international defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama was runner-up to Heung-min Son in the Tottenham Hotspur Goal of the Season 2017/18.

Victor Wanyama on Citizen TV Kenya was interviewed by Jeff Koinang and Mike Okinyi.

Jeff Koinange: Did you know that you were going to be this good when growing up?
Victor Wanyama: No I did not but I used to watch the EPL when growing up and I wanted to get there

Jeff Koinange: How is it playing in Wembley?
Victor Wanyama: It is tough; it is a big pitch- our style of playing is pressing so we had to adjust first.

Jeff Koinange: How much are you paid?
Victor Wanyama: You know Jeff, we are normally very busy, I really don’t check. They just wire it, but it’s enough to keep me comfortable”

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Jeff Koinange: What is it like playing against Mo Salah?
Victor Wanyama: He is a really good player- what he demonstrated last season was great and if he can do it again this coming season then he would be up there with Messi and Ronaldo.

Jeff Koinange: Which are your favourite teams for the world cup?
Victor Wanyama: All teams from Africa, Belgium and Spain.

Jeff Koinange: Do they have a nickname for you?
Victor Wanyama: (chuckles) Yeah…they always call me the beast!

Mike Okinyi: Between Celtic park, Wembley and Southampton, which atmosphere did you like the most?
Victor Wanyama: Celtic Park…it is unbelievable

He gave advice to the youth watching and about how long he wants to play for.

"Be disciplined and believe in yourself. It is easy to get there but once you get there that is when the hard work starts."

"I want to play until I can’t move! I want to play until I am on the wheelchair! Even at that point, I will still continue playing!!"


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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wanyama heads off on holiday, game parks on the agenda


Wanyama heads to Tanzania


Victor Wanyama had a fabulous first season for Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino that showed he was merely going through the motions for Southampton in the extra year they forced him to stay.

We have seen pictures of Kyle Walker relaxing in the Barcelona sun and now from Africa is news of the Kenyan international (he has 42 full international caps scoring 3 goals) heading off on holiday to Tanzania. The report in the report Nairobi News says he flew to Dar es Salaam with his two bothers and some associates.

Dar es Salaam is a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast that grew from a fishing village. It is thought he is going to rest there for a week and has apparently lined up visits to several game parks and tourist attraction having spent last summer with his family in the Maasai Mara.



Both ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham and Liverpool central defender Mamadau Sakho, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace and to who we have been linked, have already visited Tanzania this summer.

Safari Time in Tanzania 👌🏿✨🦁





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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Wanyama undefeated since Dec 2015


Victor Wanyama Spurs defensive rock


Victor Wanyama has not lost a Premier League home game since 19 December 2015: WWWWWWWWDWWDWWWWWWW
P19 W17 D2 L0
11 Clean Sheets

Victor Wanyama for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season: 
Most interceptions (30) 
Most tackles won (65) 
Most fouls (48)

His influence can be seen from the stats of his last game, the 1-0 Premier League win over Middlesbrough at the weekend. 109 touches is a vast amount.


We marvelled at Eric Dier last season playing the role but he has hardly had a look in this season with Victor Wanyama upping his game amongst better players and having his mentality right. It appeared in his final season at Southampton, he went through the motions, got himself sent off and even refused to play because he was refused a move to Spurs.

We have seen a similar sort of thing with Saido Berahino who downed tools at WBA. Wanyama has been a revelation and instead of having the lightweight midfield we used to have, we now have steel and power in the shape of Wanyama and Dembele.

The form a formidable pair with Dembele having licence to roam forward and link both wings into the attack while Wanyama sits as does the defensive work. He still finds time to get into the box as his missed header against Sunderland showed. With his aerial ability perhaps he should have done better with that chance.

He'll need to be on top of his game again at the weekend when we face Liverpool at Anfield.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Victor Wanyama, Nikola Kalinic, Gustavo Poyet, Bob Bradley


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A spot of PR work from Victor Wanyama won't make a blind bit of difference to his reception.

I am really excited to return to St. Mary's tomorrow. Had a great 3 years at the club and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Former Blackburn striker, now 28-year-old (29 in January) Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic is being linked with a €50million move to the Chinese Super League.

Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, now managed by former Tottenham player and coach Gustavo Poyet, would welcome the potential arrival of Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina winger Angel Di Maria.

The Daily Mail say that the owners of Swansea City are set to make a decision on whether to sack Bob Bradley over the next 48 hours. Sounds like pure guesswork, but accurate guesswork, they are bound to be discussing it all the time. It's a situation that can't just be left, he has never managed in a major league before and hasn't had the desired impact during his short tenure.



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Monday, 12 December 2016

Does the Dembele Wanyama partnership work?



Does the Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama partnership actually work?

Apart from winning a penalty this season I hardly remember Mousa Dembele anywhere near the opposition box. Again against Manchester United he was in the middle of the park and not venturing forward as much as he does with Eric Dier besides him.

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Pochettino Selection: Would Dier have prevented the goal?

DIER or WANYAMA?


Before the game I wrote that it would be decided on a counter-attack and the team who dealt with counter-attacks the best would win, that ws Manchester United.

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Wanyama doesn't trust his own ability

MAN UTD 1 SPURS 0


Christian Eriksen was one issue against Manchester United, the other was our age old problem, clinical finishing. Victor Wanyama is a player who can play in central defence, indeed he has in a pre-season friendly, yet against Manchester United with a free header he couldn't even get it anywhere near the target from right in front of goal.

Praise to Eriksen for the free kick, but the Wanyama finish, well lack of finish was schoolboy stuff. Go back to the Swansea game and he had an open goal 6-yards out, again with nobody around him, and he missed the target again.That is two open goals in two games that I could have scored, indeed half of you could have scored.

There are no excuses for such pathetic finishing. All it takes is concentration and a determined single purpose mind. Clearly he doesn't possess that yet. It isn't technical ability that prevented him scoring on both occasions, he can kick and head a ball, it was his mentality.

Mauricio Pochettino spoke before the game about belief. When you are in a goalscoring situation you have to have the belief that you are going to score. If you don't you are likely to miss, you can't have doubts. His finishing shows Wanyama has those doubts, he doesn't trust his own ability.



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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Heartfelt praise


Today is International Persons with Disabilities Day, celebrated around the world every year on December 3 to promote inclusivity for people with disabilities or impairments across the globe as one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


We're celebrating International Persons with Disabilities Day at tomorrow's game at the Lane.


There is an excellent article on the Official Spurs website which I would encourage everyone to go and read. Personally I have had the good fortune to work with those who have had to overcome difficulties in their lives in both a coaching and educational capacity.

One role was the most mentally tiring while both roles were the most rewarding of times so my heartfelt praise goes out to everyone to works with them.



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Friday, 2 December 2016

Is Wanyama the problem?


Victor Wanyams is a solid defensive player, who is an adequate passer, no more I'm afraid. We are missing Eric Dier's passing in midfield from a defensive position, we simply don't get the same range of passing out of Wanyama.

Wanyama has played 13 Premier League games, making 711 passes in 1,132 minutes.
He has made 48 accurate long balls while 17 have been inaccurate.
He has made 583 accurate short passes and 63 inaccurate ones.

That is rather a high figure when you are in defensive midfield and you can pass to the full-backs, centre-backs or goalkeeper.

Wanyama has passed forward 61% of the time this season, Eric Dier passed forward 68% of the time last season.

Could this be why we are struggling to get the ball forward and create goals? Wanyama's  stock pass is out wide to the full-backs, but he rolls the ball so slowly and lazily that the receiving player has to stand there and wait for the ball to arrive, unlike the way Spain showed us at Wembley when you ping the ball around.

As you all know it's a bit of a bugbear of mine with several of our players guilty of it from time to time. How can we play at speed if we pass the ball slowly? It is counter productive, it simply helps the opposition.



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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Is Wanyama now injured?


Has the injury crisis at Tottenham just got a bit worse, Victor Wanyama, a mainstay of the midfield so far this season, has been taken off in the second half of Kenya's friendly international against Liberia.

Mousa Dembele is suffering from muscle stiffness, Christian Eriksen is carrying a hip injury and was released from international duty, Vincent Janssen was knocked out while Harry Kane was released to continue training to get fully fit.

  • Toby Alderweireld 
  • Ben Davies 
  • Banny Rose been carrying an injury 
  • Kyle Walker been carrying an injury 
  • Erik Lamela 
  • Dele Alli 
  • Mousa Dembele 
  • Vincent Janssen concussed
  • Heung-min Son rumoured to be carrying an injury
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Victor Wanyama?

  • Mauricio Pochettino reported after the last international break that several players returned with minor problems from international duty and it looks as if the problem may be even worse this time around.



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    Saturday, 22 October 2016

    Wanyama juggernaut rolls on


    It is becoming more and more obvious that Victor Wanyama coasted through his final season at Southampton after being refused the move he wanted to Tottenham. He is starting to look a snip at £11-million and is looking a far better player than he has shown before. Clearly having better players around him brings out the best of him.

    An injury to Eric Dier has allowed him to cement his place as an important member of the team, as the statistics produced by Sky Sports before the game today, show.

    The Victor Wanyama juggernaut rolls on. What an unbelievable footballer


    Head-to-Head | Wilshere v Wanyama Touches: Wilshere 44-72 Wanyama Pass acc: Wilshere 79%-91% Wanyama Tackles: Wilshere 0-5 Wanyama



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    Monday, 17 October 2016

    Wanyama nominated for an award


    Summer signing Victor Wanyama has been shortlisted for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Player of the Year 2016 Award.

    He is one of 30 nominees who include last year's winner Pierre Emerick Aubemeyang of Gabon and German side Borussia Dortmund. The favourite is 25-year-old (26 next February) Algeria and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.

    The full list of nominees are:

    1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City) 
    2. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb) 
    3. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City) 
    4. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor) 
    5. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient) 
    6. Serge Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire & PSG) 
    7. Eric Bailly (Cote d'Ivoire & Manchester United) 
    8. Yao Kouasi Gervais 'Gervinho' (Cote d'Ivoire & Hebei Fortune) 
    9. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma) 
    10. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal) 
    11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund) 
    12. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham United) 
    13. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham Hotspur) 
    14. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club) 
    15. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus) 
    16. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax) 
    17. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea) 
    18. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City) 
    19. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City) 
    20. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal) 
    21. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton) 
    22. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool) 
    23. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli) 
    24. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 
    25. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs) 
    26. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk) 
    27. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia) 
    28. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland) 
    29. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) 
    30. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns).



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    Friday, 7 October 2016

    Wanyama, Sissoko, Lloris

    Wanyama, Sissoko, Lloris

    Victor Wanyama
    “I think the club is up there with Celtic. It’s a big club and you can feel that in the dressing room. We have young players who want to work hard and who are very ambitious, which is a very good thing."


    Moussa Sissoko

    “I had a complicated season with Newcastle, with relegation at the end… so the critics, I understand them. I would say that they motivate me and push me to give more.

    “I went on holiday and everyone knew that I wanted to leave Newcastle to go to a more ambitious club that plays in the Champions League and at the top of the table.”


    Antoine Griezmann on Hugo Lloris
    “Hugo doesn’t speak that much. [He] keeps to himself more than Patrice Evra [a previous France captain], but when he speaks, there’s a silence in the dressing room."



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    Monday, 3 October 2016

    Wanyama

    He was voted Man of th Match by Gary Neville, he was voted Man of th Match by Jermains Jenas on match of the Day and he has been voted Man of the Match by the Tottenham fans as well.



    We saw a performance by Wanyama yesterday that I have not seen before. His 26 tackles were more than any other Spurs player in a game this season. He played 31 passes in total with an 83.9% success rate. He collected his yellow card as one of his 5 fouls. He touched the ball 41 times, had one shot which was on target. He played 4 long balls with a 50% accuracy rate.

    His awareness came to the fore when he covered for Danny Rose who having been injured was up field and out of position. When we were on the attack he was well advanced so balls coming out he could intercept or steal the ball back and allow us to attack again.

    He was constantly slowing Man City down, shielding and pushing players away from goal or breaking up attacks and it was his awareness that allowed him to sprint towards the touchline, steal the ball that led to our first goal, the Kolorov own goal from Danny Rose cross.

    Being able to alternate him with Eric Dier gives us some strength in depth in that position now and with Dembele returning our squad looks strong for the next run of fixtures after the international break.



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    Wednesday, 28 September 2016

    Wanyama positioning was causing problems

    Wanyama-positioning

    I noticed one small point we will need to work on from one specific player. In the next game, I'll have to keep an eye on Eric Dier to confirm what I suspect to be his superior positioning.

    Victor Wanyams was a problem for Spurs in the first half against CSKA Moscow, I didn't keep an eye on him in the second half to see if he improved.

    I'm not talking about his defensive play, although he was stroking the ball about far too lazily at times, but his positional play when we have the ball. He was not making himself available when our centre-backs had the ball. I made a point of watched his positioning and he was rarely available.

    He was taking up positions behind players so there was no way he could receive the ball, he needed to be like Dier. If you look at the sight line a player with the ball has then with Dier he can play the ball to him, with Wanyama he can't.

    That makes a difference. The centre-backs were having to play longer balls more often than we usually do, which gives the opposition a greater chance of stealing the ball.




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    Tuesday, 13 September 2016

    Dier, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Rose


    I am always on the lookout for decent blogs that provide something different and this assessment of the Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama pairing in defensive midfield is worth a read.
    Spurs Words

    Everyone talks about Toby Alderweireld and how good he is and Jan Vertobghen almost goes unnoticed. The Daily Mirror are reporting that the left-footed Belgian has signed a new contract to keep him at White Hart Lane.

    Most defensive actions (interceptions, blocks, clearances) in 2016/17:
    C.Davies (85) B.Mee (50) J.Vertonghen (48)

    Left-back Danny Rose however, is obviously right on everyone's thoughts!

    Danny Rose is so good he managed to make the Metro's team of the week even though he was not playing.

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    Wednesday, 27 July 2016

    VIDEO: Wanyama performance vs Juventus

    VIDEO: VICTOR WANYAMA vs JUVENTUS

    VIDEO: Wanyama performance vs Juventus

    Most Tottenham fans were happy with the capture on Victor Wanyama earlier this summer, despite his last season at Southampton being marred by red cards. previous to that season he hadn't had any trouble which suggests he wasn't fully committed last season,indeed I believe he refused to play in the Europa League at one point. He had wanted a move to Tottenham and the club refused to sell him so he went through the motions for most of the season.

    He is a defending defensive midfielder as opposed to the linking role that Mousa Dembele plays. Against Juventus we got our first chance to have a look at him and he strolled around the game conserving energy, probably in the knowledge that he was going to be playing the whole game.

    Some of his passing could be firmer, much the same as Vertonghen or Dembele who often strokes the ball so the receiver has to wait for it to arrive and the opposition have time to adjust. generally he did look to play the ball forward past pressing attackers and he did a marshalling job with strength when required.

    A couple of lapses were countered by winning the ball in the opposition half and playing a quick pass to Lamela for our goal. His individual performance can be seen in the four and a half minute video below. In the next article we'll take a look at young Marcus Edwatds performance.




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    Sunday, 10 July 2016

    A satisfactory training exercise


    In our first pre-season game behind closed doors, against Championship side Nottingham Forest, Spurs came out on top 3-0. The game is not about though but about starting to get players fit and prepared for the new season.

    Son Heung-min, who will miss the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympic games for South Korea, opened the scoring after only a couple of minutes. After 5 minutes Spurs were two up when Development Squad player Luke Amos crossed for Tom Carroll to score. The fact that Carroll is playing for Spurs after the end of his contract must means the club had an optional year and have evoked it, unless I have missed him signing a new contract. As ever with Tom, everything is understated.

    Alex Pritchard scored the third, smashing home a Nabil Bentaleb pass. New signing Victor Wanyama started in the Eric Dier role while Ryan Mason started alongside him in the Mousa Dembele role.

    Feels nice to be back on the pitch again




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    Tuesday, 21 June 2016

    Wanyama disciplinary record myth

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    Pouring through the comments of articles in my mail account as I do, a subject leapt out that I thought I'd take a look at Victor Wanyama's disciplinary record

    I have stated before, and I'll state again, that Victor Wanyama was known to have wanted to join Spurs last summer and Southampton refused to let him. His mind wasn't therefore right in August, which means, in reality, he didn't want to play for them and the Saints fans were critical of his attitude all season and his apparent refusal to want to play in the UEFA Europa League.

    If a player doesn't want to be at a club and is forced to stay against his will, he will either knuckle down and do as Luka Modric did in giving us an extra year, or the extra year that Bale gave us or they will sulk like Saido Berahino has done at WBA and refuse to show anything like his capabilities.

    For me, listening to Southampton fans and reading Saints forums, I get the distinct impression that here was a guy going through the motions. I found it very interesting that his sending's off were all for the same tackle in the same area of the field, the impression left was that they were deliberate. I'm not making a call on that one one way or another, just reporting the general feeling I got.

    If you accept that he was going through the motions with reluctance then you can understand totally inconsistent performances. Football is a mental game and if you are not motivated and committed to what you are doing then you haven't a chance of producing your best. Both Lamela and Dembele have improved significantly by having their heads sorted out and Rose now has the confidence at left-back that he didn't have before.

    Instead of looking at Wanyama last season, a look further back when he was motivated might be a bit more illuminating. In 2014/15 he received 10 yellow cards in 32 Premier League games and no red cards, the same as Eric Dier. Both of course play in the same position and both have to commit fouls and receive bookings, it is part and parcel of the job. He picked up a further 2 yellow in 7 Cup games.

    In 2013/14 he picked up 7 yellow cards in 23 Premier League games with no red cards and none in 1 Cup game. In 2012/13 he was in Scotland.

    So until last season he had no been sent off for Southampton, which suggests to me that there isn't an issue with his discipline at all. That discipline will magically return when he is motivated and motivated he is sure to be.



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    Wanyama passes medical

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    I see, having reported that Simon Peach was the man to follow if we wanted the right fee that we are on the sam wavelength. I really don't understand why people don't apply common sense. Take Vertonghen talking about Shane Long, all of it was just PR talk ofr the papers that's all, none of it is actually seriously meant, yet the gullible lap it up. A pre-game PR about the opposition is no different than the PR politicians spin you and you don't believe them do you.

    I suggested that the £9-million fee coming out from Spurs sources was the basic fee with an additional £2-million of performance related add-ons making up the difference to the £11-million Southampton were suggesting. tPeach is a journalist who specialises in Spurs news and he has confirmed that to be the case.

    It seemed straight forward to me and thus it has proved. Peach also reports that the add-ons are not stringent and therefore will probably be met, thus giving Southampton the full £11-million.

    His medical was straight forward, he passed that and tomorrow having concluded his transfer he flies back to Nairobi to resume his break.

    Wanyama: "I am elated at passing my medicals at Tottenham Hotspur."

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