Victor Wanyama has certainly had two very testing seasons which have been marred by injuries.
The midfielder, who joined Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton for just £11million (BBC) in June 2013 enjoyed a fantastic first season at White Hart Lane when he featured 36 times for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring four goals.
In the following two seasons he has managed just 31 appearances in total due to being plagued by knee issues.
The 27-year-old is currently on international duty with Kenya where he will captain his country at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer.
Wanyama admitted that this season has been difficult for him but praised Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and enjoys his man management style to try and get the best out of every individual.
The tough tackling midfielder has revealed that he is hoping to use his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations to build his fitness and return to North London next season to try and build upon the appearance in the Champions League final earlier this month.
He told Goal.com in an exclusive interview: “Pochettino is a great coach who works very hard in every training [session],”
“He has a constant desire to succeed and win all matches, which is reflected in the players through his help.
“He has his own way of dealing with each player, advising us on and off the pitch continuously and taking care of everyone to get even more out of every player on the pitch.
“I always look forward to working with him and taking advantage of his advice to develop and perform in the stadium in the best way possible.”
“Last season it was different for us to play in our new stadium and make it to the final of the Champions League. We have lived through hard times and good times and will enter next season with greater aspirations,” he added.
“For me it was a difficult season and I was tired for a long time because of injury. I was hoping to help the team more but it did not work out well,” he continued.
“The African Championship is a good opportunity to regain my level and prepare my fitness fully before the holiday and then prepare for the new season, which will be a new personal challenge.”
With Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Tanguy Ndombele it remains to be seen whether Wanyama still has a future a the club next season.
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