Victor Wanyama 'couldn't resist' chance to be reunited with father figure Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham

SAM LONG

Victor Wanyama says he could not "resist" an opportunity to be reunited with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

Wanyama played under the Argentine coach at former club Southampton but followed Pochettino's career path to White Hart Lane last summer.

The 25-year-old has immediately established himself as a key figure in north London after claiming a holding midfield role for his own, despite fierce competition for places.

Wanyama is the only player to feature in all 28 of Tottenham's Premier League fixtures this season and insists he had no doubts he would be a success under Pochettino's guidance.

“I looked at where the club was heading and with the manager, I knew I couldn’t go wrong.

"I know he builds for the future and wants to fight for everything. I couldn’t resist that," he told Tottenham's official website.

Wanyama has become a firm favourite among Spurs fans this season, with few players in the division able to match the Kenyan's physicality in the centre of the park.

Such an aggressive style of play suits Pochettino's high energy brand of football but Wanyama is adamant his manager's influence is not been restricted to the field of play.

“Mauricio has improved my game in all aspects, everything. It’s not just football, in life as well.

"He’s been able to teach me a lot inside and outside football, how to live with people, how to be humble.

“I’ve learned a lot of things through him and I don’t just see him as a manager but as a father figure,” Wanyama added.

Meanwhile, Spurs are not in action again until a crucial trip to Burnley on April 1.

Sean Dyche's side have a stellar home record and are expected to give Spurs a stern test as Pochettino's men attempt to keep up the pressure on pacesetters Chelsea.

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