By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama revealed what manager Mauricio Pochettino told him before an £11million move from Southampton in the summer.

The 25-year-old combative midfielder was told by Pochettino that he could achieve some things at the club and that they could also win trophies with him in the team.

He was initially brought to the Premier League by the Argentine boss, joining Southampton in a £12.5million deal from Scotland giants Celtic in July 2013.

The two built a good relationship on the south coast and the Kenya international has paid tribute to the Premier League manager’s influence in bringing him to White Hart Lane.

“He played a big part in convincing me to join the club,” said Wanyama to November’s edition of Four Four Two on page 70. “I had a few options but he was able to convince me to come here because I had worked with him before and know he is a manager who will improve players.

“Also, the club is in the Champions League, and has the chance to do well in the Premier League, too. He said to me that I should come and try to achieve some things with this club and that they could win trophies.”


Wanyama has made eight appearances for the north London club in the new campaign, even getting on the score sheet from his defensive position.

He has played a key part in Tottenham’s good start to the new season, with the club currently sat in second place and a point behind league leaders Manchester City.

The club are looking to improve on their third place finish from the last campaign, while competing against Europe’s elite in the Champions League.

In other Tottenham team news, Christian Eriksen believes Spurs’ new players, style of play and imminent new stadium can combine to catapult them to the summit of English football.