Victor Wanyama Linked To Chelsea

I've been in and out all week, and apparently I've missed a juicy new transfer rumor - according to newspapers in Kenya, Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama (who is Kenyan, hence the sources) is set for a move to England, with Chelsea invoked as a possible destination. If you're anything like me, you pretend the Scottish Premier League doesn't exist, because it's utterly, utterly terrible* and therefore you don't know much about this kid. The lowdown, such as it is, is after the jump.

*This is a recipe for Chelsea to draw Celtic in the group stages next year and somehow contrive to lose, I suspect. I'll run that risk.

Wanyama is 20 years old, and his primary position is as a 'destroyer' pattern defensive midfielder. He has everything you'd expect from a destroyer in terms of build and skills - he reads the game well, can tackle (rather too ferociously sometimes) and is good in the air as well. He's also known for his composure and solid passing, although he can be prone to some lazy errors in possession as well.

Wanyama made the move to Celtic less than a year ago after having spent three years in the Jupiler League with Beerschot, and he ended up making 29 starts for his current club, notching four goals along the way. At his age, he's nothing like the finished project, but his record looks reasonably comparable to an Oriol Romeu or something of that nature. Nothing is jumping out to me as indicative of a great box to box player, but I'll defer judgement to those who actually know him.

Anyway, his agent's been making noise about the potential of a move to a top team this summer, and apparently that means the Premier League. I've seen him connected more with the likes of Stoke City and West Ham United than Chelsea, but if the Blues want to snap him up (as some admittedly unreliable-looking sources are claiming), he'd fit in well with the current youth movement. Anything around £5M sounds about right - I don't think he's going to be a superstar or anything but it sounds like there's some potential there and the Blues can definitely afford to roll the dice.

Interesting factoids - Wanyama is the son of a Keynan international and the younger brother of McDonald Mariga, who plies his trade in the Serie A. I'm reasonably confident he'd be the first Kenyan player ever to play in the Premier League if Chelsea did end up signing him.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker