According to the reports from the Sun as cited by the Scotsman, Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin are keen on a permanent transfer for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama. It is being said that Berlin could hijack any potential hopes of Celtic signing their former midfielder in the January transfer window.
Even with a change in manager, Wanyama has struggled for game time with the English heavyweights, and he could be moved on in the winter transfer period. Around a month back, Lennon had claimed that he would love to sign someone like Wanyama again.
Lennon’s comments about Wanyama from a month back
The Celtic boss had said (Daily Record), ”‘(We’re looking) for a player like Wanyama, it’s about availability. They (Tottenham) have had a change of manager; then there’s affordability. Would I like Wanyama in the building? Of course. But it may not be an area we are looking to add to because of the way the midfield is functioning.”
It’s clear that Lennon is aware that bringing in Wanyama could be tough because of his wages. A permanent signing also looks a bit out of the picture.
Does Lennon need someone like Wanyama?
Wanyama will undeniably bring more experience, muscle and quality in midfield. If he somehow manages to move to Parkhead, then he will be expected to start regularly given his attributes and stature. However, the Hoops already have a superb midfield partnership of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor. Wanyama is at his best in a defensive midfield role where he can do the nitty-gritty job.
For Celtic, Brown does that role, and he is still going strong in the middle. Wanyama might be able to give Brown a bit of a breather from time to time. However, we don’t see the Scotsman sitting out too many games because he is the club captain and is still going strong.
Nir Bitton and Olivier Ntcham are also capable of doing a job in the middle. Hence, we don’t see the necessity of bringing in Wanyama in January even with all his qualities. Trying to fit the Kenyan midfielder could also disturb the wage structure of the club and Lennon also indicated earlier that his midfielders are functioning well.
Why it’s not a big blow for Lennon?
However, someone like Wanyama can come in handy in the Europa League, and he can probably deliver in the big games. If Celtic come up against some serious quality of opposition in the European tie then, Lennon can opt for Wanyama and Brown in the middle to shield the back four. But as mentioned, the signing of the former ace seems more like a luxury than a necessity at the moment. Hence, we don’t see this latest update as a big blow for Lennon.
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