Jermaine Jenas and Jamie Redknapp have called Victor Wanyama’s display against Manchester City ‘immense’.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in action with Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama
Pundit Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that he felt Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama was ‘immense’ against Manchester City on Sunday – and Jamie Redknapp agreed on Sky Sports.
Spurs proved their title credentials on Sunday as they coasted to a 2-0 win over Manchester City, with Aleksandar Kolarov scoring an own goal before Dele Alli grabbed the second.
It could have been even worse given that Erik Lamela could have scored from the penalty spot, but saw his effort saved by Claudio Bravo, though it didn’t matter as Spurs ran out 2-0 winners.
Manchester City’s Fernando in action with Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama
Many players impressed for Tottenham in an exceptional performance for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but summer signing Victor Wanyama particularly caught the eye of many fans and pundits.
The Kenyan midfielder, 25, joined Spurs from Southampton over the summer, reuniting with his former Saints boss Pochettino in the process.
Initially seen as cover for Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier in the heart of midfield, Wanyama has featured more than expected so far, and has certainly impressed with his power and aggression, as well as his composure in possession – something he has been criticised for lacking over the years.
After Sunday’s display though, Wanyama received praise from former Tottenham midfielder and current pundit Jermaine Jenas, who told BBC Sport that he felt Wanyama was ‘immense’, but was also disciplined after picking up a booking.
Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama scores
“Another sign of how their team is developing was how well summer signing Victor Wanyama played against City,” said Jenas. “In his first couple of games for Spurs, I was not convinced by him. I thought he was decent back-up for the existing central midfielders, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, nothing more.”
“Against City, he was immense, and not just for his tackling or the amount of ground he covered. He was also composed on the ball in the areas where Spurs needed it, and disciplined too. It was the performance Tottenham fans have been waiting for.”
“Wanyama got a yellow card after half an hour and with Dier on the bench, I would have been tempted to take him off in the second half. But Pochettino obviously had a conversation with Wanyama, who was sent off three times for Southampton last season, and trusted him enough to keep him on. In itself, that tells you how much he believes in him as a player,” he continued.
Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring their first goal
Another pundit and former Spurs midfielder, Jamie Redknapp, used the same word to describe Wanyama’s display whilst speaking to Sky Sports; immense.