Victor Wanyama shines in injury-hit Southampton midfield

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Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has stepped up to the challenge with several of his colleagues missing through injury.

The Kenyan midfielder has been a regular for Ronald Koeman’s side this season, but it is when his team needed him most that he has made the most impact.

With Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Toby Alderweireld and James Ward-Prowse all out injured, it has left a void in the Saints midfield that most people would have struggled to fill, except Wanyama.

Formidable barrier

For the former Celtic man has used their absences to push himself on to become one of the key components of an impressive Southampton side.

The 6ft 2in general came into his own in the last few matches, forming a formidable barrier in front of the Saints defence in the absence of Schneiderlin especially.

The duo have formed a dominant partnership in the centre of the park this season and Wanyama has continued to impress.

Dominant performances

In recent matches against Arsenal and Manchester United, Wanyama has particularly stood out.

He barely allowed Marouane Fellaini a sniff in the recent match with United at St. Mary’s, something that does not happen very often.

The power that the midfielder possesses makes him one of the toughest men to beat in the Premier League and he is able to swat away potential threats with ease.

Future interest

If Wanyama keeps this form up for the rest of the campaign and the Saints fail to secure a place in Europe next season, they will do well to hold on to the Kenyan.

He is certainly the type of player that Arsenal are currently lacking. A player to sit between the line of midfield and defence, and he has be previously linked with the Gunners.

Any interest in the star is likely to be met with firm no from the Southampton board, but without European football it remains to be seen whether the midfielder himself would want to stay put for much longer.

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