Former Tottenham Hotspur enforcer Victor Wanyama has been speaking about how his career with the club came to an abrupt end earlier this year.
There was a point when the 52-time capped Kenya international and Mousa Dembele formed a colossal midfielder pairing at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield.
The fine blend of brains and brawn provided the Argentine with a fantastic base in midfield, but injury problems disrupted Wanyama’s progress and he recently left the club to join Montreal Impact.
And now the 28-year-old has opened up about how his time in north London came to an end, suggesting that his future was determined by forces above Jose Mourinho in the club’s hierarchy, per CBC.
“The first thing [Mourinho] told me, he was wondering why I wasn’t playing. I have to be playing. The problem wasn’t with the coach if you ask me. The problem was a little bit upstairs and they didn’t give me a chance.”
In response to reports, plenty of the supporters took aim at the board, Daniel Levy and ENIC as a whole, with one fan citing Kieran Trippier’s comments from his own 2019 exit as evidence to suggest this is more than a one-off case.
A more sceptical fan, however, suggested that Wanyama simply wasn’t up to the standard required and is merely making excuses for his own shortcomings.
Here’s how the Spurs fans reacted to their former star’s comments…
I feel this may be the beginning of the end for enic
— All Out Tottenham (Jack) #EnicOut (@AllOutTHFC) April 5, 2020
We all know the problem is the board.
— Leopardman 🐆🇬🇧 (@LeopardmanPn) April 6, 2020
Don’t buy it one bit. Wanyama is past it. Legs have gone and can’t cut it at top level anymore. Injuries has caught up with him. This is paper thin from him.
— Sverre Hæsken (@7e3abec4b5c84d7) April 5, 2020
This along with Tripp’s comments when left in summer seem to b along same lines.
— Aeneas McAuliffe (@AeneasAeneas) April 5, 2020
The manager works for the board. The implication here is to do with political forces rather than tactical decisions. Can’t know exactly what is going on, but would be naieve to think board has no input. Especially if they slate a player for transfer. Why would the mgr play them?
— CWB (@CWBinNYC) April 6, 2020
Another player blaming the board? What a surprise! Time to realise the board and the problem and nothing else!
— mikinrin90 (@mikinrin90) April 6, 2020
— Stelios Triteos (@STriteos) April 6, 2020
Literally every problem at the club comes from the board they deserve full blame https://t.co/MVFNav6pNN
— Jack.A (@thfcjack_) April 6, 2020
enic out https://t.co/ZMgezWgsAe
— 🅃🄴🄾🄷 (@zj_teoh28) April 6, 2020