Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is proving to be one of the best defensive midfielder's in the Premier League after another strong performance last night.
The Kenyan joined the Saints from Celtic for the 2013-14 season and has been a big part of the team ever since.
After a string of games since his return from injury, the powerful midfielder has proved his worth to the side and excelled against Crystal Palace last night.
Any other Premier League midfielder will know they have been in a battle when they come to face Wanyama and his partner Morgan Schneiderlin.
His huge frame allows him to cover ground at ease whilst easing opposition players off the ball with the slightest of touches.
His undeniable talent for breaking the game up has been instrumental in the Saints’ rise to the upper echelons of the league table and especially in tight matches such as their 1-0 win over the Eagles.
The 23-year-old has also improved since he joined the club two summers ago after spending two years at Celtic Park. His passing range has increased considerably and he is now not only tasked with winning the ball back, but starting the next attack after taking the ball from his defence.
With three goals this season he is not a regular scorer however this threat added to the range of passing and ball-winning skills makes Wanyama a force to be reckoned with.
Wanyama had received overtures from other clubs before making the move to Southampton, but he is sure to be eyeing another European adventure after his exploits with the Scottish Champions.
If the Saints qualify this season there is no reason why the powerhouse would have any reason to leave ahead of next season.
However if they were to fail in their pursuit it would become more difficult for Ronald Koeman to convince the 6ft 2in star to remain at the club. Koeman will know that Wanyama has turned into one of his most important players and will certainly be doing his best to keep him at the club.