United are Wanyama’s favourite team but how good is he – An expert insight

by Tom Parker

Tonight, rumours linking Victor Wanyama with Manchester United have gathered pace with Sky Sports’ mystery “sources” suggesting that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in the Kenyan midfielder after Ferguson was spotted at Celtic’s match against Dundee last night.

Wanyama was recently interviewed by Strictly Gentlemen and when questioned about his favourite team, he replied: “My favourite team is Manchester United.”

He also admitted to following United every week in the interview and even tipped United for success in the Premier League this season, and the player’s love for the reds is clear as day.

The Kenyan’s fondness of United lends further weight to the stories of a possible move to Old Trafford and the recently self-confessed United fan rejected Celtic’s offer of a new contract in October.

For those who are unfamiliar with the SPL, Wanyama is a bit of an unknown quantity and he only truly began making headlines South of the border after a fine display against Barcelona. To find out some more about the 21-year-old midfielder, I spoke to Seamus, who can be found on Twitter as @iCeltic.

Firstly, could you describe Wanyama’s style of play?

Victor is a powerful defensive midfielder with a keen eye for goal. For a lad his age, he is beyond his years. He is not afraid to crunch into a tackle or make a long pass. He holds the ball up with aplomb and is not afraid of so-called bigger teams. For someone his size, he can also dribble with pace and can unleash a screamer when he shapes to shoot. The lad has been an amazing find.

I take it he has been very impressive in the Champions League this season, particularly against Barcelona?

Aye, Victor has been immense in the Champions League. He has been a rock in our midfield.

I noticed he had scored ten goals in 51 league games for Celtic which suggests he has the technical skills to complement his physical side?

Absolutely – he can score with both his feet and his head and has scored some really cracking goals.

Is he good enough to play for a top four Premier League side or a big European club like Milan or Juventus?

If he is big enough to play for Celtic, then he is big enough to play for a top Premier League side or other European giant.

Lots underestimate the SPL but there have been a few players who have successful in the Premier League after moving from Scotland. Would Wanyama be a success if he were to move South of the border?

I think he would be a massive success,but I’d like to think Victor knows what a massive club he already plays for and doesn’t leave without thinking it through. Even though Celtic plays in the SPL, we have a massive worldwide support that only a few teams could rival.

Very true. Judging from his interview with Strictly Gentleman, he seemed to be a likeable kind of guy, does he have the right personality/attitude?

Victor is a gentleman through and through and the supporters adore him. He definitely has the personality and attitude to thrive in the game regardless of where he plays. He’s the type of lad that would stop and take photos with supporters all day. He’s a real gem and I would be gutted if he left.

Finally, Wanyama is contracted at Celtic till 2015. How much is he worth in your opinion?

I wouldn’t let him leave for anything less than £18M. If he played in any other league his price would be through the roof. He is under contract and Sir Alex better open up his wallet if he wants to buy Victor. £10M is not a fair value for a player of his youth.

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