Better than Kante: This undervalued Tottenham player is going under the radar this season
COMMENT by Amir Mir
It was great to see a defensive midfielder win the PFA Player of the Year award rather than the usual attacking suspects, who line-up to claim their prize, season after season.
Chelsea anchorman N’Golo Kante did just that when he beat the likes of Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the main prize on Sunday evening.
There is no doubting Kante’s ability in the middle of the park and the solidity he provides to his title-chasing team.
But when it comes to value, it is fair to say that Victor Wanyama has proven to be a better purchase and player than his defensive counterpart this season.
Kante moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City for a fee of £30million in the summer, with Wanyama making a switch from Southampton to Tottenham for £11million.
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Over the course of the campaign, Wanyama has gone under the radar, with his teammates Dele Alli and Harry Kane stealing the limelight for their spectacular performances in front of goal.
While the attacking duo cause havoc in the opposition penalty area and the Spurs full-backs frighten defenders with their sheer pace, Wanyama’s solid, yet reliable work in midfield is getting unnoticed.
His ability to break up play, quickly close down any space created from opposition attackers and block any threat that comes his way, has been a joy to watch.
This was proven when Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane in January, Wanyama bossed and marked Eden Hazard out of the game.
His intercepting and reading of the game that day was sublime, showing that he can do it against the bigger and better players.
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