By Harvey Byrne
Jermaine Jenas labelled Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama as “immense” following the 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.
Spurs secured the three points at White Hart Lane after an own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov and a Dele Alli finish.
However, it was the performance of defensive midfielder Wanyama which impressed the former Tottenham midfielder and now turned BBC pundit.
“But another sign of how their team is developing was how well summer signing Victor Wanyama played against City,” wrote Jenas in his analysis feature for the BBC website.
“In his first couple of games for Spurs, I was not convinced by him. I thought he was decent back-up for the existing central midfielders, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, nothing more.
“Against City, he was immense, and not just for his tackling or the amount of ground he covered.
“He was also composed on the ball in the areas where Spurs needed it, and disciplined too. It was the performance Tottenham fans have been waiting for.
“Wanyama got a yellow card after half an hour and with Dier on the bench, I would have been tempted to take him off in the second half.
“But Pochettino obviously had a conversation with Wanyama, who was sent off three times for Southampton last season, and trusted him enough to keep him on. In itself, that tells you how much he believes in him as a player.”
The Kenya international started the match against City and played the full 90 minutes in Spurs’ vital victory.
The win on Sunday has seen Tottenham remain in second place, but they now sit a point behind Pep Guardiola’s leaders.
The north London club will take on Tony Pulis’ West Brom team after the international break with their eyes now fixed on the obtainable top spot.
In other Tottenham team news, BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named four Spurs stars in his team of the week.