'Amazing player' - Thierry Henry names Tottenham enforcer as his unsung hero of the season
By Harry Sykes
Thierry Henry has named Victor Wanyama as his unsung hero of the season in his Sun newspaper end-of-campaign awards.
The Arsenal legend dished out the individual gongs as he ran the rule over the players who have caught his eye during 2016-17.
Tottenham have accumulated their highest points tally of the Premier League era to secure the runners-up spot to champions Chelsea and are aiming to round off a memorable season with a win at Hull on Sunday.
Wanyama, 25, has been an integral member of Mauricio Pochettino’s upwardly mobile side and has made a huge impact since joining from Southampton for £11million last summer.
The midfield anchorman’s contribution has not gone unnoticed by high-profile pundit Henry, who is widely regarded as Arsenal’s greatest-ever player.
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“There has been a lot of talk about the usual suspects at Tottenham all season: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose etc – but Victor Wanyama barely got a mention until the last few weeks,” Henry wrote in his Sun on Sunday column.
“But he has been superb all campaign. He has hardly missed a match and is vital to what they are all about.
“His reading of the game, his strength, his drive and his power are all superb. And he is adding a few goals now. He’s just an amazing player who has had an amazing season.”
Wanyama has started 34 of Spurs’ 37 Premier League matches this season, a tally bettered only by Christian Eriksen, and seven of their eight Champions League and Europa League fixtures.
He has even weighed in with four goals, which is an impressive return for a player who does not spend that much time in the opposition third.