Wanyama in as Spurs depart for Olympiacos CL opener

Victor Wanyama has been included in Tottenham Hotspurs’ 18-man travelling squad for the UEFA Champions League Group B opening tie against Olympiacos set for Wednesday 18 September in Athens.

Spurs departed London on Tuesday morning for Greece with head coach Mauricio Pochettino naming a strong squad for the tie against the record Greek champions.

Move away

Wanyama, who was taunted with a move away from the North London club during the off season and is yet to make an appearance for the team so far this campaign, makes the travelling squad that also sees the return of midfielders Tanguay Ndombele, Eric Dier and Dele Alli who are all returning after spending sometime on the sidelines with injury.

The 28 year old’s time at White Hart Lane looked to be up after the conclusion of last season with Pochettino coming out to confirm that a move away from the club was ideal for both the club as well as the Harambee Stars captain.

A return back to Belgium, a country he played in during the early years of his career, looked destined but a protracted move to Club Brugge, who are also in this season’s CL campaign, falling through at the last minute as both parties failed to agree terms.

Injuries

Wanyama has fallen down the pecking order at the club he joined from Southampton in 2016 with constant injuries a huge reason for this.

His inclusion in Spurs’ squad for at least the group stages of the CL could spur him to fight for his place in the team and possibly get a new deal in the same way Divock Origi did for Liverpool last season.