Keane inspires Vic
Wanyama looks up to Red Devils’ hard man
Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed former Manchester United hard-man Roy Keane was the player he most looked up to as a youngster learning the game.
Keane gained a reputation for his aggressive style of play, which sometimes crossed the line - while Wanyama’s tough tackling earned him three red cards at Southampton last season, although these have been his only dismissals in England.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, the Kenya international said: “I used to watch Manchester United and I really liked Roy Keane.
“He was a really good player. I liked his character as well as his football ability.
“I’ve never met him, but I don’t think I’d be intimidated. The way he commands his team gives you that energy to work hard. If I can get to his level, that would be great.”
Wanyama has established himself in high-flying Spurs’ midfield after completing a £15million (Sh1.86bn) summer move from St Mary’s, although he started his British career with Celtic in 2011.
“When I moved to Celtic I had never played in the Champions League. I used to watch them playing in big European matches, and it was my dream to one day win the competition. That was why I took the No 67 jersey, in memory of Celtic’s European Cup triumph of l967” he added.
Meanwhile Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is among the names being considered by Marseille.
The French club are in the process of being taken over by LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and want to speak to Mitchell about becoming their head of recruitment.
Mitchell has resigned from his role with Tottenham but is still officially with the club until a departure date is mutually agreed with chairman Daniel Levy. The 34-year-old had been considered by Leicester City.
Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama during their Premier League match against Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27. /REUTERS Aston Villa’s manager-inwaiting Steve Bruce /COURTESY