Juventus' Pol Lirola in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama
The summer signing is set to make his first competitive start for the Lilywhites against former boss Ronald Koeman and he knows Spurs will have to be at their best to pick up all three points.
“I know that Ronald Koeman likes his teams to play good football and he will maybe try to put players behind the ball as well to make it difficult for us,” said Wanyama.
New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference
“He knows that he has to get a good result because he wants to start well but for us, we want to start well too and I think it’s going to be a difficult game.
“We know Everton are a good side but we are determined to start the season well and everyone is looking forward to going to Goodison on Saturday and hopefully making a good start,” he added.
Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Inter Milan's Ever Banega
The Kenyan joined Spurs earlier this summer to provide cover and competition for Eric Dier but the suspension of Mousa Dembele means he will likely start alongside the England international tomorrow.
Wanyama also enjoyed an excellent pre-season, and has the Premier League experience and physicality to enter straight into the first XI.
Erik Lamela celebrates with Victor Wanyama after scoring the first goal for Tottenham
Pochettino’s system typically pairs a pure defensive midfielder alongside a box-to-box type as the two deepest midfield players and it will be interesting to see how Dier and Wanyama work in tandem.
The Kenyan showed glimpses of his ability to burst forward during pre-season and Dier proved very useful in an attacking sense for England at Euro 2016; suggesting the foundation of a very promising partnership.