Comment By Dominic Toner
Tottenham signing Victor Wanyama delivered a solid performance against Serie A champions Juventus on Monday.
The midfielder picked up 90 minutes as he prepares for life at White Hart Lane this season, following his transfer from Southampton in a deal worth £28million in fee and wages.
Spurs fielded a young side for the International Champions Cup match and lost the game 2-1, with second-half substitute Erik Lamela scoring the goal for the English side.
Mauricio Pochettino handed Wanyama a full game and he was influential in Tottenham’s goal, after dispossessing the opposition in the middle of the park and laying on his team-mate Lamela to slot home.
The Spurs boss left nine senior stars out of the pre-season tour of Australia and told the Evening Standard that the players needed an extended rest after the Euros.
Wanyama completed a solid performance against Juventus and demonstrated his strength on the ball and precision passing.
The 25-year-old will likely be competing with midfielders Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele for a starting position, and could find it difficult to dislodge the pair who were so influential in Spurs’ Champions League qualification last season.
Wanyama had an excellent 2015-16 season, making 35 appearances for Southampton, and provided evidence of his ball-winning capabilities in midfield.
The former Celtic man will play for Pochettino for the second time after being brought to England by the Tottenham manager when he was in charge at St Mary’s in the summer of 2013.
Tottenham will now turn their attention to fixtures against Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, before opening their Premier League campaign against Ronald Foeman’s Everton.
In other Tottenham team news, their new striker has revealed that he almost quit football three years ago.