Is Victor Wanyama on his way out of Tottenham this summer?
By Hzh (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Victor Wanyama struggles for form, fitness and playing time at Tottenham. He must choose between the usual two paths this summer. Find a new club or stay and fight? Injured for the majority of 2018/19, the 27-year-old can’t crack the starting XI since returning.
Mauricio Pochettino overlooks Wanyama in favour of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and even Oliver Skipp at times. Is the Kenyan international on his way out of Tottenham when the campaign comes to a close?
Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton in 2016 and going on to make 82 appearances in all competitions. The defensive midfielder was a regular in his debut season, featuring in 36 Premier League games while making the squad for every Champions League [5/6 appearances], FA Cup [3/5 appearances] and EFL Cup [1/2 appearances] game. He contributed five league goals, averaged 55 passes-per-game with 88% accuracy while making a tackle  or interception  every 23 minutes. Tottenham finished second in the league on 86 points that season.
Things fell apart for Wanyama soon after. Injuries ravaged his playing time. He managed to escape unscathed in 2016/17 but spent the first half of 2017/18 sidelined with cartilage damage. He made his comeback at the turn of the year but had to wait nearly eight weeks to be handed a start. Wanyama ended the campaign as a regular but injury again this season, leading to his fall down the pecking order.
Out of favour
Wanyama spent the first three weeks of 2018/19 sidelined with a knee injury, discovering his place was taken upon his return in September. In the nine Premier League games that followed, the 27-year-old racked up a mere 147 minutes on the pitch. He was an unused substitute on two occasions and left out of the matchday squad three times before suffering another knee injury in mid-November that kept him out for a further three months.
He returned in February. Pochettino named Wanyama in his squad due to a lack of midfield depth but shows little interest in playing him. The unwanted midfield man found 69 minutes of football from a possible 540. In his absence, Moussa Sissoko formed a formidable partnership alongside Winks. Eric Dier shuttles in and out of the team depending on fitness.
There’s no place for Wanyama now and Spurs are expected to add to their midfield ranks this summer to make up for selling Mousa Dembele. Going two consecutive summers without dipping into the market seems unimaginable even for Tottenham CEO Daniel Levy. Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail believes the Tottenham outcast could leave if further competition arrives. West Ham United are linked but nothing has developed at this early stage.
With Wanyama injury-free at the heart of their midfield, Tottenham enjoyed their highest Premier League finish [2nd], picked up their best points return , lost the fewest games  and conceded the least amount of goals  in club history. Without Wanyama, they haven’t approached those numbers and currently battle just to stay in the top-four.
It’s easy to forget how much of an influence Wanyama was for the club. Injuries ruined what could have been many years of service.