Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has looked to bolster his options in the centre of midfield this summer, with the purchase of Victor Wanyama giving the North London side more physicality and bite in the boiler room.
However, with Mousa Dembele returning from suspension and the imperious Eric Dier a nailed-on starter when fit, the Kenyan new boy could well end up on the White Hart Lane bench.
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Although Wanyama offers an energy and work-rate that Pochettino admires, there is a case to suggests that Spurs have opted for the wrong former Southampton midfielder.
With Paul Pogba moving to Manchester United this summer for a world-record transfer fee, the role Morgan Schneiderlin is set to play at Old Trafford appears to be minimal.
The France international was one of the most-coveted players in the Premier League after a stellar 2014-15 with the Saints and was being tipped to be the Red Devils’ all-action midfield superstar 12 months before the former Juventus man’s arrival.
Whether United would have been willing to sell Schneiderlin this summer remains to be seen, but with Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick all competing for two midfield berth, Jose Mourinho has plenty of options in the position.
Schneiderlin’s superior ability on the ball and more refined technique would have been a better fit for Spurs than Wanyama – with the France international putting in equally as much effort as the African enforcer.