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Victor Wanyama

Born: 25 June 1991 (Nairobi, Kenya)

Victor Wanyama

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Tough-tackling midfielder and captain of the Kenya national team, Victor Wanyama joined us from Southampton in the summer of 2016.

A knee injury sustained in the summer of 2017 limited his involvement in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign - his second at Spurs - but he came back to score the One Hotspur members' Goal of the Season with a rocket-like shot in our dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool in February, 2018 - a strike that was also recognised as the Premier League's Carling Goal of the Month.

In all, he started eight Premier League games and made a further 10 top flight appearances from the bench in 2017-18, while also playing five times in the FA Cup and once in the Champions League - a substitute appearance in our gutsy 2-2 draw away to Juventus in February, 2018.

Born in Nairobi, Victor left Kenya for Europe in 2007 when he joined Helsingborg in Sweden. Less than a year later, he joined Belgian side Beerschot AC where he made 56 appearances before a move to Glasgow Celtic in July, 2011.

He won the league title in his first season in Scotland before enhancing his reputation further in 2012-13 with 49 appearances as Celtic clinched the SPL and Scottish Cup double. Victor scored nine goals in that campaign including the opener against Barcelona in a famous 2-1 win in the Champions League at Parkhead, as they went on to advance to the knockout stages. His performances earned him the SPL's Young Player of the Year award.

Mauricio Pochettino took the tough-tackling midfielder to Southampton for the start of the 2013-14 campaign. He played a key role as the Saints racked up finishes of eighth (2013-14), seventh (2014-15) and sixth (2015-16) in his three seasons at St Mary's. During that time he made 97 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.

He enjoyed a terrific first season in our colours in 2016-17, scoring the winning goal on his home debut against Crystal Palace in August, 2016, and starting every Premier League game until picking up a back injury at Burnley at the start of April, 2017, which caused him to miss two matches.

He also scored in home games against Hull City and Manchested United - the last ever game at White Hart Lane - as well as netting in our final day 7-1 win at Hull City. In addition, he scored against KAA Gent at Wembley as we slipped out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage on aggregate. In all, he made 47 appearances as a real reliable force in central midfield.

At international level, Victor made his debut for Kenya at just 15 years of age and has since gone on to become captain of the national side.