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11th Jan, 2017 | 6:00am

Why Pochettino favourite can catapult Tottenham to the title

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama can be the player to inspire them to their first ever Premier League trophy.

The 25-year-old has emerged as a crucial figure in the Spurs side this season following his move from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

The combative midfielder has slotted straight into the starting line-up and is a big favourite of manager Mauricio Pochettino, with the pair previously working together at the Saints.

Wanyama has started all 20 Premier League games for Spurs this season and has been arguably their most consistent performer.

He has provided the perfect defensive screen in midfield and allowed his team-mates to attack freely.

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The north London club are seven points adrift of table toppers Chelsea and are now regarded as serious title contenders.

Spurs sent out a strong message when they defeated Chelsea 2-0 in their last league game at White Hart Lane and Wanyama dominated the midfield battle in that match.

Premier League winning sides have often had a defensive-minded midfielder who is crucial to their success, with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Claude Makelele and Paul Scholes doing the role so well in recent years.

Wanyama could be the latest unsung hero to drive their team to the title and has looked in sensational form this season.

The Kenya international is now reaching the peak of his career and has developed hugely since his time with Scottish club Celtic.

He is now proving to be one of the standout players in the Premier League and could be the difference in Spurs lifting the trophy in May.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Murphy has identified the biggest threat of midfielder Dele Alli.

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