By Amir Mir
Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama has revealed he liked the “character” of former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, but insisted that he wouldn’t be scared of him.
Midfielder Wanyama moved to White Hart Lane from St Mary’s in the summer, when Spurs paid Southampton £15 million for his services.
Kenyan international Wanyama began his British career with Celtic, the same club where the out-spoken Keane finished his playing time in 2006.
The 25-year-old gave an insight into who he used to watch as a youngster, as he gave his thoughts on what impressed him about Keane during his peak days with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
“I used to watch Manchester United and I really liked Roy Keane,” Wanyama told football magazine FourFourTwo. “He was a really good player. I liked his character as well as his football ability.
“I’ve never met him, but I don’t think I’d be intimidated. The way he commands his team gives you that energy to work hard. If I can get to his level, that would be great.”
Hard-hitting Keane won seven Premier League titles with Manchester United, with Wanyama looking to win his first English league title with the unbeaten north London club this term.
Former Republic of Ireland international Keane also lifted the Champions League, as he captained the Manchester club to a famous treble winning season in 1999.
Wanyama has been ever-present for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, making seven appearances as Tottenham sit second with 17 points, a point behind leaders Manchester City.
In other Tottenham team news, supporters react on Twitter as Vincent Janssen fails to get on the scoresheet in Holland’s 1-0 defeat to France.