Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Why Tottenham missed chance to offload outcast Mauricio Pochettino was happy to let go of | Football | Sport

Tottenham had hoped to sell Victor Wanyama this summer after the midfielder had fallen down the pecking order under boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The 28-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to Belgian side Club Bruges for a reported fee of around £10million, however, the proposed transfer collapsed on transfer deadline day.

And according to Belgium publication Het Laatste Nieuws, Wanyama’s exit from the north London club was scuppered due to Club Bruges signing Eder Balanta from Basel.

The 26-year-old Colombian defensive midfielder signed on a three-year dale for a fee believed to be around £2.4m.

Wanyama had reportedly been offered a four-year deal to join the Belgian side but on a considerably less wage than his current £65,000-a-week salary.

And with the deal expected to go ahead, the Spurs boss didn’t mince his words about why the Kenya captain was on his way out of his squad.

“In the case of Victor, he suffered an injury and another player stepped up and took his place. We are in a team, we are not a charity,” Pochettino said before the European transfer deadline day.

“I am making clear the answer is not about Victor, but we are not a charity – it is about performance and the coaching staff have a lot of different options to play different players.

“I am the coach, I need to take the decision and hope it will be right. Victor is a very important player and, for different circumstances, went backwards.

“That is the evolution of football and things like that happen naturally at all clubs.”

Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton for £11m back in 2016 and due to the limited pool of players Pochettino can select from, the defensive midfielder has been included in Tottenham’s 25-man Premier League squad.

The anchorman only made 13 league appearances last season and still faces the difficult prospect of out performing new signing Tanguy Ndombele, Mousa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Eric Dier, who are all ahead of him for a starting spot in the team.

So far during his four-year stint at Tottenham, the midfielder has made 152 Premier League appearances, scored 10 goals and provided three assists.

He made the bench for Spurs’ 3-1 opening day win over Aston Villa, however, he has yet to make the matchday squad in Tottenham’s three other games.

Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Saturday before then taking on Olympiacos on Wednesday in their first Champions League group stage match of the season.

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