Victor Wanyama’s wonderful time at Tottenham Hotspur has come to an end.
On Tuesday evening, the club announced on Twitter that the Kenyan midfielder has moved on a free transfer to Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer. Wanyama spent four seasons with the club, but his playing time significantly decreased after the first two.
Wanyama has been linked with an exit from Spurs for a while, but this still kind of came out of the blue. The transfer windows in Europe shut at the beginning of February, but MLS has only just started its season, and teams can still make transfers until May 5th.
Big Vic is still only 28-years-old, so he represents quite a coup for Montreal, if he can stay healthy. Injuries derailed Wanyama’s career in North London after it had gotten off to such a promising start. Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield was so effective in 2016/17 partially because it was anchored by Wanyama.
He had a bit of a reputation as a bruiser before coming to White Hart Lane, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Wanyama did his part to slam the door shut on opposing attacks, but he also proved to be a capable passer and even a capable finisher.
And when he scored, it always happened to be when Spurs needed it most. We’ll always remember his winner on his debut against Crystal Palace, his goal in the final game at White Hart Lane, and, of course, we will never forget his wonder goal at Anfield. That net is still rattling.
Wanyama was almost sold during the January window, and in the last summer window, but rumored moves to France and Belgium and Germany never materialized. He deserves to be playing more than he has been, and now this transfer will certainly give him the opportunity to do so.