Victor Wanyama Profile
Victor Wanyama is a Kenyan Central Defending Midfielder (CDM) who left Southampton for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2016. His no-nonsense and tough-tackling approach to the midfielder role has made him an essential stronghold for Spurs.
Wanyama traded Kenya for Sweden in 2007 as he began his European football career at Helsingborg. Within 12 months, Wanyama signed for Beerschot AC in Belgium, where he totalled 56 appearances for the club.
It was in July 2011 when Victor moved to Celtic and started to become a noteworthy player on the UK football scene. He helped the Glaswegian side secure the league title in his first season. Wanyama further augmented his growing popularity in Scotland the season after, when he appeared 49 times to help Celtic ‘do the double’ by winning both the SPL League title and the Scottish Cup. In the same year, Wanyama netted for Celtic in their famous 2-1 win over Barcelona, advancing them through the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
Pochettino, then the manager of Southampton, picked up Wanyama in 2013 where he enjoyed three successful seasons with the Saints.
Wanyama made an immediate impact with Spurs after scoring on his home debut against Crystal Palace in August 2016. This marked the start of a terrific campaign for the Kenyan which culminated in 47 appearances during the 2016-17 season. Victor secured his name in Tottenham Hotspur’s history books as he scored the first goal in the victory over Manchester United, which marked the last ever match to be played at White Hart Lane after 118 glorious years.
Internationally, Wanyama debuted for Kenya at the incredibly young age of 15; he has skippered the African side since 2013.
|Full Name||Victor Mugubi Wanyama|
|Date of Birth||25th June 1991|
|Place of Birth||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2013 – 2016||Southampton – 85 League apps (4 goals), 9 Domestic Cup apps, 3 European apps|
|2011 – 2013||Celtic – 61 League apps (10 goals), 15 Domestic Cup (1 goal), 15 European apps (2 goals)|
|2008 – 2011||Beerschot AC – 51 League apps (2 goals), 5 Domestic Cup apps|
|National Team||Kenya – 50 appearances (4 goals)|
|Domestic Cup Appearances||8|
|European Cup Appearances||8|