Three reasons Romeu is an upgrade on Wanyama
A lot of Southampton supporters were concerned when Victor Wanyama left the club to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
For three seasons, the Kenyan had been a part of the shield in front of the backline helping his team become one of the best defensive outfits in the Premier League, and it left a hole that needed to be filled.
Even though he had signed for Saints in the summer of 2015 from Chelsea, it was Oriol Romeu – who cost around £5m – that would be asked to step up to the plate a year later.
Whereas Wanyama often had a partner alongside him in Ronald Koeman’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, new Southampton boss Claude Puel has so far opted for more of a diamond set-up, which means that Romeu has been charged with protecting the defence on his own.
However, it is a role that he has excelled in and the Spaniard is arguably the club’s player of the season so far this term, and Saints fans appear to have forgotten about ‘Big Vic’ already.
Here are three reasons why Romeu has proven to be an upgrade on Wanyama…