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Familiar faces in Victor's way at Goodison

10 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

It’s not just the excitement of the opening day of the season that has Victor Wanyama counting down the hours to Saturday afternoon.

The Kenyan international is eager to get started in a Spurs shirt after switching from Premier League rivals Southampton over the summer.

But with our 2016-17 curtain-raiser coming away to Everton, the tough-tackling midfielder is also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with two of his former south coast colleagues.

Manager Ronald Koeman has swapped St Mary’s for Goodison Park this year, affording Victor the chance to face his former boss in his first competitive game at his new club, while the Toffees have also secured the services of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, the Dutch goalkeeper who played for the Saints on loan from Fulham last season.

“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 Victor.

“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.”

On the prospect of trying to beat ex-Saints team-mate Stekelenburg in the Toffees’ goal, Victor added: “He will want to have a good debut if he plays.

“I’ve known him for a while now and he’s a great goalkeeper. Obviously we trained together last season at Southampton and I think he’s going to do well at Everton. For us, though, we are only interested in getting a positive result.”