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Saints Officially Confirm Wanyama Departure
Thursday, 23rd Jun 2016 21:19

It is little surprise to anyone but now Southampton Football Club have officially confirmed that Victor Wanyama has left the club for Tottenham Hotspur.

Last August when Spurs started their disgraceful behaviour to unsettle Victor Wanyama, it was clear from the players behaviour that it was only a matter of time before he went to White Hart Lane.

Saints fended off the offer back then and stoutly refused to sell Wanyama no matter how much he held his breath and stamped his feet and that proved to be the right decision as was shown at the end of the season we finished sixth and qualified for Europe.

What it showed though is that in modern football the player holds all the cards, it is all about ow long is left on the contract and the stark reality is that unless you are willing to break the bank for a player then if he is successful then he is going to get better offer than you can afford and he will leave.

That is not the fault of Saints, they have done all they can, it does not show a lack of ambition, in fact the opposite, it shows the club are realistic, if they try to take on the big clubs in a straight fight pound for pound in a bidding war, they are always going to lose, in fact it is a recipe for disaster, the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and the Manchester clubs can afford to throw big money season after season and in many cases watch it go down the drain.

Saints cannot do that, we therefore have to keep on with the strategy we have adopted, that means getting in players, developing them and then selling them when the time is right, that has worked for us over the past few years, indeed it could be said going back to the 1950's and 60's when Ted Bates started to built the club to the power it is now.

That means it can sometimes hurt when we see the likes of Wanyama leave, but it is another step forward, we are taking three steps forward and yes one step back, but we are moving forward.

On his day Wanyama was an asset to Saints, there were some games he was immense, but there were many others where he wasn't and he seemed to have a lack of self control that saw him get three red cards last season.

It will be interesting to see how Wanyama fits in at Spurs, there are some who say he will not fit their style of play, that he and Dier cannot play in the same side, we will soon find out.

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pintsizedsaint added 21:47 - Jun 23
Wanyama served us well for those three years. As I have said before, he was solid if unspectacular. I wish him well. Yet I think he is easily replaceable and Romeu (and Classie) are already filling the gap.

TeamCortese added 09:07 - Jun 24
pintsizedsaint if he was "solid if unspectacular" why do Spurs need him? That doesn't make sense. Surely Spurs would prefer Clasie or Romeu by that logic?

SanMarco added 10:21 - Jun 24
Why do Spurs need him? Good question TeamCortese. He will be a squad player for them and I fear he will be disappointed if he thinks he is going to get lots of game time in the real big matches. I think he is a high quality version of 'solid if unspectacular' - we should have got more than 11m. We will miss him in certain games unless he is adequately replaced of course.

Dan_P326 added 11:44 - Jun 24
A nice heartfelt message from Victor here as well, take note Lovren/Lallana. Wishing him all the best in the future.

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