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18th Apr, 2017 | 1:20pm

Pochettino made this 25-year-old Tottenham ace the player he is today, according to his brother

By Matt Bullin

Tottenham and Kenya star Victor Wanyama became the player he is today by working with Mauricio Pochettino according to the midfielder’s brother.

McDonald Mariga, Wanyama’s older brother, who plies his trade at Italian club Latina is convinced Wanyama has continued to improve because of Pochettino’s influence.

Wanyama returned from a two-game lay-off as Spurs beat Bournemouth 4-0 last time out, the match being only one of two Premier League matches he has not started this season.

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen all netted for Pochettino’s side as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea to four points.

The Kenya captain has been a feature of Tottenham’s side this term and he has made 40 league and cup appearances, scoring three goals.

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Speaking to ESPN FC, Mariga spoke highly of Pochettino.

He said: “[Pochettino] is the one who taught [Wanyama] everything and made even more qualities for him.

“[Wanyama] said Pochettino is the coach who has made him. He’s the one who, when Victor came to Southampton, he taught him what to do and how to play – all the things.

“[Pochettino] gave him exposure and confidence. If you don’t have confidence from the coach, you cannot perform well. He’s helped him a lot.”

Pochettino was the man who originally brought Wanyama to England when he signed him from Celtic for £12million when the Argentine managed Southampton.

He then signed the Kenyan for Tottenham last summer, again for £12million.

Wanyama has returned to fitness and is in contention to face Chelsea this weekend in a crucial FA Cup semi-final tie.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs have been handed a massive boost ahead of their crucial match with Chelsea.

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