Celtic hero may lead Southampton exodus after Pochettino loss

Victor Wanyama has expressed his disappointment at seeing manager Mauricio Pochettino depart for Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

A favourite during his time at Celtic, Victor Wanyama could be about to make several enemies on the South Coast, should the Kenyan’s anger at seeing Mauricio Pochettino leave the club translate into his own departure.

The 22-year-old was signed by the Argentine for £12.5 million last summer, having previously excelled during a two-year stint with the Bhoys.

And though the Kenyan’s first season with the Saints has been somewhat blighted by injury, the midfielder had hoped to kick-on next term under the guidance of Pochettino, a manager Wanyama still speaks highly of.

Talking in an interview with national news provider Capital FM Sports in Kenya, the former Celtic man admitted Pochettino had played a significant role in his "career development".

"I learnt a lot from him, he taught me more and that’s why I have grown as a player and there is a big difference compared to when I was at Celtic," he said.

And while the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana continue to be linked with a move away from St Mary’s, one man who could be heading to the Southampton exit sooner that you think is Wanyama.

The Kenyan was once the subject of some interest from Manchester City, while the likes of Sunderland and West Ham United are said to be in the market for a midfielder of Wanyama’s description.

The 22-year-old certainly appears to be unhappy with the club’s decision to let Pochettino leave, with several comments in his recent interview in Kenya indicating that he could yet agitate for a move.

“I wanted him to remain because he had the passion for the club and I think the owners should not have let him go because the team can do better next season,” he told Capital FM.

One potential option could see Wanyama follow Pochettino to Spurs, thought the north London club would most likely be forced to pay over the odds for a player Southampton recruited just a year ago.

Regardless of this, it's shaping up to be a summer of upheaval for the Saints.

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