Spurs ace Jan Vertonghen sat down for an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, and raved about the quality of teammate Victor Wanyama, admitting that his side have really missed the Kenyan in recent months.
Tottenham have plenty of cover for the 26-year-old in central midfield, including the likes of Harry Winks, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier, but they have still undoubtedly missed the former Southampton ace.
Wanyama joined the Lilywhites in the summer of 2016 from the Saints, for a fee believed to be in the region of £11 million, and he has gone on to firmly establish himself as one of the Premier League's best midfielders.
His warrior-like approach to each and every game has proven to be crucial to Spurs' chances of winning midfield battles, and without him, they seem bereft of any kind of physicality in the engine room.
Vertonghen sat down for an interview with Sky Sports, labelling the 26-year-old as 'immense', but he did insist that his side can cope without him:
"Victor was immense for us last season, it was his first season with us and he was great in his partnership with Eric Dier or Mousa Dembele, or Harry Winks, or whoever played next to him. He is just a great player, but we have other options and we cannot stick to one or two players, we had a couple of injuries, but we must cope with that. Last season we missed so many important players as well and we dealt with it. And that is what we need to do this season."
Although Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of options to choose from, he will be hoping that Wanyama is available for selection sooner rather than later, as his side enter the hectic Christmas period.
Tottenham travel to Watford today, without the Kenyan, and are in desperate need of all three points.