Francis Benali warns Southampton not to sell Victor Wanyama to Tottenham

The former Saint has stated that Ronald Koeman’s midfield would look bare if the Kenyan made a St Mary’s exit.

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has warned his ex-employers about the danger of potentially selling Victor Wanyama to Tottenham on talkSPORT radio.

The Kenyan enforcer has become an integral and very impressive operator in the south coast club’s boiler room, with this week Sky Sports one of countless sources claiming that Spurs are ready to poach the African from the Saints.

The link is intensified due to the fact that White Hart Lane chief Mauricio Pochettino knows the player well from their mutual time at St Mary’s.

Southampton looked slightly light in the centre of midfield in their recent 3-0 home defeat to Everton, with Ronald Koeman’s men clearly missing the energy and dedication of sold star Morgan Schneiderlin, who joined Manchester United earlier this summer.

With the potential for the south coast outfit to lose Wanyama also, Benali has stressed the importance of the club keeping the ex-Celtic battler.

“We have got quality players in midfield and strength in depth in the squad now,” the 46-year-old is quoted as saying on talkSPORT.

“But, having lost Morgan, if we were to lose Victor Wanyama as well, that would leave a huge gap in physical presence in the midfield that would be hard to fill.”

Southampton signed Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord over the summer to fill the void left by Schniederlin to some degree, but the Netherlands international is yet to play in the Premier League for his new club.

The Saints have been raided over the last two summers, with Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren all leaving for top-six sides.

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