Victor Wanyama is enjoying a massive increase in profile at the moment due to his performances for current club side Celtic. Speculation is rife that Manchester United are ready to pay anything between £10 million and £20 million to try and get him to move south of the border and make Old Trafford his new home.
United have many talented players in their midfield when it comes to ball possession, technique and versatility. However, they lack a midfield enforcer and this is where Wanyama would fit in nicely. He’s not a bad ball player either. Wanyama would add much need strength and aggression to an already talented United midfielder. He has the potential to take United fans on a trip down memory lane to the days of when Roy Keane was kicking a few players up in the air.
It’s this presence that United have sometimes missed and a main reason why they need to get a Wanyama deal sorted out sooner rather than later. It’s naïve to say that United don’t have any players who can leave the opposition awestruck; Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney to name just a few. Wanyama would create a different sort of feeling, maybe even a little bit of fear, after all he is nearly six feet three inches tall.
His personal and sporting fitness is superb which means this would be a worthwhile investment on United’s part. Obviously the club can’t account for unforeseen bad tackles, over stretching and any other random external factor which may cause a problem.
What they can do is look at his record at Celtic this season. In total he has played 16 games, started in all of them and scored five goals during the process. Not only is he effective in terms of breaking up the play but he can score a goal or two going forward.
United also need to act before his profile increases even further. Wanyama was one of the stand out players as Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 recently in the Champions League as he bagged a goal in the process.
He’s only 21-years-old so he’s going to get better and as he gets better his price is going to go up and up which means United could be priced out of the fight for his signature with the likes of Manchester City or PSG stepping in and taking a player who would be extremely effective at Old Trafford.
They also need to get some sort of deal worked out before the player realises what a powerful position he is in. Midfield enforcers are becoming an endangered species as the emphasis on modern midfielders is to be small, agile, skilful and good with the ball.
This will put him in a privileged position and this will only complicate things as soon as an agent starts whispering in his ear meaning the very best clubs could be put off from signing him.
However, this is clutching at straws really. If United want to get a deal wrapped up then there is no one better than Sir Alex Ferguson to make it happen and happen quickly. Watch this space.
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