Why Tottenham should avoid signing Victor Wanyama

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

HITC Sport reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur were keen on Victor Wanyama.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

HITC Sport exclusively revealed this week that Tottenham Hotspur were keen to sign Southampton star Victor Wanyama.

The 24-year-old is a good defensive midfielder, but what would such an arrival mean for Eric Dier, who looks set to become an excellent one?

Dier established himself as one of the Premier League's finest anchor men this past season, but could adding competition of that calibre have a negative affect on him and jeopardise his development?

If last season was anything to go by, Spurs might have one of the world's finest holding midfielders on their hands in the near future, but Wanyama's arrival threatens the 22-year-old's ongoing progress.

As it stands, Wanyama is arguably the better player. Despite playing 766 minutes less than Dier last term, he managed 99 more ball recoveries, won 12 more duels and seven more tackles. Dier also lost possession three more times.

  PositionTeamBall RecoveryDispossessedInterceptionDuel WonWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Victor Wanyama MF Southampton 250 25 68 209 71 30 2,500
Eric Dier MF Tottenham 151 28 80 197 64 37 3,266

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan Tadic

But that was Dier's first season in that role. He will, in time, develop into a better defensive midfielder than Wanyama, but that is difficult if he isn't playing regularly.

Is it inconceivable to think the Kenyan could eventually displace him as Spurs' number one anchor man next season? In fact, would Dier have emerged as the player he is now had Southampton not turned down Spurs' advances for Wanyama last summer?

If he does play second fiddle, it makes convincing him to leave that bit easier next summer. All of a sudden, another cracking Spurs signing, like Gareth Bale or Luka Modric before him, is giving his best years to a different club.

It's time Tottenham changed that pattern.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

They need another defensive midfielder to cover Dier - who started 37 out of 38 Premier League games last time around - especially with a Champions League campaign around the corner, but Wanyama does not qualify as cover. The same money would be better spent elsewhere.

Would Tottenham fans be happy to see a 20-year-old Dele Alli on the bench for most of next season if an older, superior number 10 was signed?

It makes the squad better for a time, sure, but long term it disrupts the development of potentially world-class players; ones who could be staples in successful Tottenham teams for years to come.

Of course, competition as good as Wanyama might be healthy for Dier, forcing him to become a much better player by competing with one for the same shirt, but is it worth the risk?

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus

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