Erik Lamela celebrates with Victor Wanyama
Tottenham Hotspur defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted to the club’s official website that head coach Mauricio Pochettino has made him and his teammates work hard during pre-season training.
Wanyama made the comments following the North London outfit’s pre-season trip to Australia.
The 25-year-old Kenya international, though, has made it clear that he enjoyed the trip despite having to work hard.
The former Celtic star has also stated that the trip to Australia has allowed him to know his teammates better.
Juventus' Mario Lemina in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama
“This trip has been good – I’ve got to know my team-mates and I’ve enjoyed it,” Wanyama told Tottenham’s official website. “I know the gaffer has worked us hard but it’s been great to be here.
“It is important for me to get to know my team-mates better and this trip has helped me do that – that’s how you build relationships and team spirit so it’s been really good for that.
“We can only take positives from this trip – we’ve got some good players here and we’ve played some good football. There are things we can learn from too but we’ll get back on the training ground and work on that.”
Juventus' Pol Lirola in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama
Wanyama joined Tottenham from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window.
The North London outfit are reportedly going to pay Wanyama a weekly salary of £55,000 on a five-year contract.
Wanyama scored one goal and created 15 chances in 30 Premier League appearances for Southampton last season.
The midfielder had a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 21%, and won 64 headers, 23 dribbles and 71 tackles.
Alexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor Wanyama