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Tottenham’s Wanyama given perfect opportunity to revive career

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Fenerbahce, per The Daily Mirror, want to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama.

What’s the word?

Spurs have signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon this summer to strengthen their midfield.

And the same The Mirror report suggests that they are closing in on a deal to sign Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis too, leaving a number of midfielders expendable.

Wanyama endured a mixed season in 2018/19, making just 13 Premier League appearances due to a recurring knee injury.

The Mirror now claims that he could depart this summer, with the Turkish club expressing an interest in acquiring his signature.

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Past his best

Wanyama was exceptional after signing for Spurs.

In the 2016/17 season, following his move from Southampton, the Kenya international made a total of 37 Premier League appearances and averaged, per WhoScored, 2.5 tackles per game, 1.1 interceptions, 1.9 clearances, 1.4 dribbles and a pass completion rate of 87.5%.

In 2018/19, he had 13 outings, averaging 1 tackle per game, 0.5 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.5 dribbles and a pass completion rate of 81%.

He, clearly, is not the player he once was and, really, that is a shame, as this was the archetypal defensive midfielder who also had the ability to affect the game further up the pitch.

Now, though, injuries have taken their toll and perhaps a move would be the best thing for both parties; Spurs would be able to promote a player like Oliver Skipp into his position and Wanyama would be able to play in a slower league, with less intensity, where he can maybe get his mojo back.

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