Tottenham fans urge Pochettino to start 25-year-old against Chelsea
By Amir Mir
Tottenham take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday evening at Wembley – and fans on Twitter have urged Mauricio Pochettino to start Victor Wanyama.
The 25-year-old has not started a match for his team since their 2-0 win against Burnley in early April.
Wanyama had missed two of his side’s last three matches because of injury as he recently made a brief substitution appearance against Bournemouth.
As a result, the Tottenham supporters now want their midfield powerhouse to start against their London neighbours in this crucial encounter.
The last time Spurs played Chelsea was in January at White Hart Lane, with the home team securing an impressive 2-0 win.
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On that day, Wanyama’s performance stood out as he bossed the likes of N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park and nullified the threat of Eden Hazard.
Therefore, it is no surprise that fans want him to return to the starting XI as some were unsure of who the Kenyan is going to replace in the team.
One fan stated that Son Heung-Min, who has scored five goals in his last five matches, should be the player axed from the starting XI.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Gavin Bunker (@Gavbele) April 21, 2017
Harsh on Sonny he deserves to play but Wanyama HAS to play.
Dier Toby Jan
Walker Wanyama Dembele Davies
Eriksen Kane Alli. #COYS
— Stephen Vincent (@StevieV14) April 22, 2017
— House of V (@Vxb1) April 22, 2017
— Kieran Kirschner (@kkirschy23) April 22, 2017
Walker, Toby, Jan, Davies
Son, Alli, Eriksen
— Spurs News Today (@TodaySpurs) April 21, 2017
Lloris; Dier, Toby, Jan; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
CE + MD have to drop in to help Davies out vs their RW.
— ???????? (@JackH_THFC) April 22, 2017
Over the course of the season, Wanyama has played 40 games in all competitions for his side, scoring three goals and picking up ten yellow cards.
After a number of seasons of indiscipline on the field of play, Wanyama is now beginning to show maturity as a player.
Considering he plays in the middle of the park and his task is to win the ball from the opponents, Wanyama has done very well not to add more bookings to his name or see red.