Jamie Redknapp has questioned if the performance of Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama against Huddersfield Town on Saturday has done enough to force his way into the team for the upcoming Champions League tie.
Spurs beat Huddersfield 4-0 at home in the Premier League, as manager Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes to his side for a mix of rotation and injuries.
They now turn their attention to a midweek European tie, where they travel to the Etihad Stadium with a 1-0 aggregate lead over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Harry Kane has picked up an ankle injury that could rule him out for the reason, but the club aren’t sure about the fitness of Dele Alli (hand) and Harry Winks (groin) ahead of Manchester City.
Pundit Redknapp has suggested Wanyama could be a good fit to be in the XI on Wednesday night, after he was named on the bench in the first leg.
The 27-year-old has been a fringe man this campaign with just 14 appearances all season due to injuries and form, but looked back to his best against Huddersfield.
He got himself on the scoresheet with a brilliant individual goal after dribbling around the goalkeeper and Redknapp feels he will be in Pochettino’s mind.
“I’m just wondering on Wednesday night if you look to start him (Wanyama),” Redknapp said on televised programme Sky Sports Premier League (15:00, 13 April).
“There were many games where under Mauricio Pocehttino in his first couple of years where he started in that defensive midfield position and it suits him.
“What you want him to do is put fires out all over the pitch and he’s got real power. He’s fresh and not played a lot of football. I’m sure it’s something he’s (Pochettino) looking at.”
Spurs do have a lead to protect away at Manchester City, but including a trio of Winks, Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko would be quite a defensive approach.
It would perhaps make sense just to use two, with Winks and Sissoko the preferred combination this season.
If Winks doesn’t recover from his groin problem, Wanyama has shown signs that he’s reigning his form and fans will love to see the no-nonsense enforcer get back to his best.
The Kenya international hasn’t been a consistent player in the team over the last year, but in the early time of his Spurs career he was a rock in midfield like Redknapp highlighted and could be an ace up Pochettino’s sleeve.
Pochettino may now have a dilemma over what to do with Wanyama after his weekend efforts.