NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed a song he sang as he introduced himself to his new team-mates when he joined the North London club in June.
Whenever a player joins a new club, it has become common for them to embarrass themselves by standing up in front of their new team-mates and warbling something incoherently.
In a video on Tottenham’s official twitter account, Wanyama who was answering questions asked by Spurs fans through the hash tag #AskWanyama, said he decided to dust off a number from R&B star Keyshia Cole.
“Yeah I had to do it and it was a bit hash. I wanted to do it in Australia during pre season but not every player was there and the lads said no you have to do it when everyone is in and then we came back at the Everton game and I had to do it and I did a song called last night by Keyshia Cole,” Wanyama said when answering a question asked by a fan.
Meanwhile, Victor Wanyama has admitted that over the last few years his manager Mauricio Pochettino has become ‘a father figure’ to him.
The Harambee Stars captain and midfielder was first brought to the English game by the Argentine from Celtic in July 2013.
He reportedly wanted to bring the Kenya international with him when he moved to Spurs the following year, but it took until the summer for him to take him to White Hart Lane.
Pochettino is a big fan of the defensive midfielder and the 25-year-old has started every Premier League match for Tottenham and played a big role in Spurs 3-2 victory over West Ham United in the London derby.
The feeling is purely mutual for the player who admits he owes his boss a big debt.
“The manager has made a big impact on my career in the Premier League and training. He introduced me to the Premier League,” Wanyama told the club’s official Twitter account.
“I’ve learned a lot from him and I’ve grown as a player, so he’s like a father figure to me.”
Fans originally thought that Wanyama would drop from Tottenham’s first XI once Mousa Dembele returned from his suspension during the first four games of the season – having already served two of a four-game ban for his altercation with Chelsea’s Diego Costa last season.
However, so impressive has Wanyama been that he is now the first choice alongside Dembele, with Eric Dier dropping into defence in Toby Alderweireld’s injury-enforced absence.