Victor Wanyama has completed a move to MLS side Montreal Impact from Tottenham Hotspur, and the holding midfielder has explained to his new’s website that the influence of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry persuaded him to move to Canada.
Wanyama, 28, has finally left Tottenham after four years at the Premier League side – where he clocked up a whopping 97 appearances in all competitions. This season, though, he has managed just four appearances for the club.
The former Southampton powerhouse has been pushed down the rankings following the summer signings of Tanguy Ndombele and Gio Lo Celso. The progression of Harry Winks has also seen Wanyama’s game time become non-existent.
Linked with Club Brugge last summer and plenty of different sides around Europe in January, Wanyama has now left Spurs at long last – moving to MLS side Montreal, and the Kenyan stated it was Henry that convinced him to move.
“When I spoke to Thierry and he told me he wanted me to join him in Montreal, I didn’t have to think twice. He has always been a player that I’ve admired, and I am really happy to get the opportunity to work with him,” Wanyama said.
TBR’s view – Has Wanyama picked the right move?
Still only 28 years of age, Wanyama has plenty left in his career. A move to the MLS, then, is somewhat surprising given the American top tier is renowned for players finishing their careers.
David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and many more English legends have gone to America to complete their career – as did Tottenham icon Robbie Keane. Wanyama, though, may see Montreal as a stepping stone.
Whether or not impressing in the MLS will attract suitors, though, remains to be seen.