Victor Wanyama’s decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur for MLS outfit Montreal Impact has been backed by former Kenyan international Boniface Ambani.
Wanyama made the move to North America on a free transfer despite having over a year to run on his current contract in North London.
The 28-year-old had only made just four appearances for Spurs this season, with his only start coming in the Carabao Cup loss at Colchester United (transfermarkt).
Spurs had agreed a £13.6m deal with Belgian side Club Bruges for Wanyama in August, but the move collapsed before the transfer deadline and instead decided to cut their losses by removing him from their wage bill (BBC).
“Great to have somewhere you can play. A player has to be active week in week out. It’s a good move for Wanyama,” Ambani told Goal.
“He will get involved with matches and who knows he can get his form back. The Premier League is so wanting. It’s quite rigorous, he was injured and before he catches up with the rest it can be too late. So it’s better he moves out, gets regular playing time and who knows he can still make it back.
“Remember as a national team player he needs a lot of playing time. Match fitness is what he is currently lacking. Otherwise to me, not a bad move given EPL had closed its transfer window, and most European clubs are currently busy with their second leg matches.”
After struggling with injuries over the past few seasons, Ambani believes that the move will allow Wanyama to rediscover his form rather than being a step down in his career.
Ambani claimed that Wanyama has already peaked as a player and a move to another top European side would have always been a difficult ask.
He added: “In football, especially when you’ve not been active and with prolonged injury, you have to get your footings back. It doesn’t matter where and how.
“So to me I have no problem with where he is. Remember he isn’t at his peak. He already passed there. So I don’t think it’s a bad move. It’s fine. Age is catching up too. Remember. So getting a top club at the moment was going to be tricky.”
Wanyama started falling down the pecking order fast when he failed to fully recover from niggling knee and back injuries as Mauricio Pochettino and now Jose Mourinho started freezing him out of the first team.
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