One of Scottish football’s biggest prospects is once again being linked with a move south of the border to the Premier League. Celtic’s Victor Wanyama, who became more widely known outside of Scotland during his club’s Champions League campaign, has been linked with a host of clubs already this summer. However, with Cardiff’s apparent interest coming to an end, Southampton have once again entered the chase for the Kenyan’s signature.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that Saints have approached the player despite a supposed cooling of their interest in him a few weeks ago. “They’ve shown an interest again and the bid is there… what we gather is that Southampton have re-ignited their interest,” he said.
So if Wanyama does indeed end up moving to the south coast this summer, how exactly will he fit in? Speaking to another contributor (@chalkontheboots (COTB) on Twitter) to this site who has focused on Southampton before, we can get a good opinion on the matter.
“Any SPL (Scottish Premier League) player moving to England has to establish themselves and in a team that is adapting to a new manager, that’s hard,” he said. Looking at qualities that Wanyama could bring to the team, COTB offered his thoughts. “The strengths that he has shown in the SPL are what Pochettino will be looking for.” He added that Wanyama is also good with “sharp passing and long range shooting.”
So far, so good you would think, but how exactly could Wanyama adapt his abilities to Southampton’s style of play? Martin Lewis (@martinlewis94) has written tactical reports on Southampton among others for EPL Index before, and he had some ideas about how the midfielder could potentially fit in at St. Mary’s.
“I’d say that [Southampton] are looking to build a dynamic team that can also dominate transitions, so Wanyama would suit this style and allow [Pochettino] to rotate his midfielders more often,” he said. However, he also warned that, “He would still have to adapt to playing with new players and a higher level of football on a consistent basis.”
Wanyama certainly has the skill to play in England and at just 22 years old, still has a lot of time to fulfil his potential. However as these two have pointed out, he would have to adjust to playing in a team with a relatively new manager and in a higher standard of football than he has experienced so far. Having said that, Wanyama is a very exciting player and one that I’m sure could become a success in the Premier League.