Wanyama reveals what happened when he visited Pochettino to discuss game time

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Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama made the switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Montreal Impact in early March after he saw his game time severely reduced in North London this season.

The Kenyan international had featured just four times all season, despite being a key man in the heart of midfield since arriving from Southampton in 2016.

Wanyama was an integral part of the midfield partnership with Mousa Dembele that saw Spurs mount back-to-back title challenges in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

However, after two long-term knee injuries, Wanyama found it difficult to break back into the consistent starting eleven.

Throughout his Spurs career, he played 97 games and scored seven goals across four seasons for the Lilywhites (Wikipedia). However, while he played 47 games in his first season for Spurs, Wanyama never managed more than 25 in the subsequent campaigns.

The midfield man has now revealed that he wanted to speak to Pochettino about his game time after returning from injury, but the Argentine was too busy to speak with him.

He said (The Athletic): “I was frustrated and when I came back from injury I didn’t get enough chances to play and enjoy my football.

“When I came back, the club should have trusted me and given me more chances to play again. I was fit and training well. I never argued with [manager Mauricio] Pochettino but I wanted to speak to him. I went to his office but he was busy. I saw his assistant Jesus [Perez]. He told me to be patient, that my chance would come blah, blah, blah. I didn’t go to see them again.

However, Wanyama did heap praise on Pochettino, while admitting that he still loves Tottenham: “That’s why I left the club. I’m a football player and I wanted to play football. I love Spurs, but I love playing football more.

“He [Pochettino] knew defences well, he offered expertise in training. He communicated well in English. He encouraged a passing game. He was good on team bonding. We walked over hot coals and broke arrows using our necks to drive away the fear, to change our mindset [at Saints] from being a small team to a respected one.”

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