Pochettino: This Tottenham player will have an instant impact this season
By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino has backed Victor Wanyama to make an instant impact at the club.
Tottenham face Everton at Goodison Park on Satuday and Wanyama is set to come in for Mousa Dembele with the Belgian midfielder two games into a six-match ban for an incident with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
The 25-year-old will line up against former manager Ronald Koeman following his £11million move from Southampton this summer and Pochettino believes that Wanyama is very settled into the side.
“I think Victor is a player that knows us and how we work and the philosophy and it was easy for him to develop his quality, his skill in the team,” said Pochettino to the Daily Mail.
“From day one of pre-season, he felt very comfortable and settled in the team. This is a good help for us.”
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It is expected that the powerful defensive midfielder will battle for a spot in the first team with Dembele and Eric Dier once the former returns from his suspension.
The new signing will be hoping to impress Spurs fans and their manager after Dier and Dembele played key roles in helping the north London club achieve Champions League qualification last campaign.
Wanyama had an excellent 2015-16 season himself, making 35 appearances for Southampton, and provided evidence of his ball-winning capabilities in midfield.
The former Celtic man will play for Pochettino for the second time after being brought to England by the Tottenham manager when he was in charge at St Mary’s in the summer of 2013.
In other Tottenham team news, Robbie Savage has predicted Spurs to finish above Arsenal.