Tottenhamn Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Kenyan international Victor Wanyama and his compatriot Mousa Sissoko for their performance which saw them beat Newcastle United to seal a place in the Champions League next season.
The two were handed starts in central midfield as Spurs edged Newcastle by a solitary goal at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 10 May. It was Wanyama’s seventh start of the season.
According to the Spurs boss, Wanyama was one of the players that rose to the occasion in the crucial tie that secured the Londoners a third straight season in the Champions League.
“I am so proud of all the players...for me one of the best was Moussa Sissoko. I want to thank him for how professional he was all season. Not too many people recognize him but I think he was fantastic today," Pochettino was quoted by SB Nation.
Giving the best
“Players like Wanyama who haven’t played too much, they were injured and today when you need to win they were there on the pitch giving their best. When we talk about the squad and how important it is in the season to respect them and treat them in the right way and today they were present and they played so well and they are part of the success of the team to finish in the top four for the third consecutive time," he added.
Wanyama has struggled for playtime this season following an injury picked in August 2017. Last season the midfielder was a cog for the Londoners as they went on to finish second on the log. The former Southampton man started in 35 league games for spurs on his debut season.
The Harambee Stars skipper clocked 3016 minutes in the 2016/17 season.