Former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Darren Bent has recently stated that it’s almost a no brainer for Celtic manager Neil Lennon to bring back former midfielder Victor Wanyama during the January transfer window.
Since the 28-year-old Kenyan international departed the club for Southampton in 2013 for a reported £12.5million deal, he’s certainly gained plenty of experience in the Premier League but with injuries hitting him in recent seasons and, on the back of that, him falling out of favour at the club, Celtic have been long linked with a move that would see him return to Parkhead.
Speaking to Football Insider over the weekend, Bent explained that as long as we were willing to pay the speculated £10million fee for him, he thought he’d be a cracking signing as we look to strengthen and continue to fend off the challenge from Rangers this season for the Scottish Premiership title.
“He was happy there and I get he had to come to Southampton to test himself in the Premier League but listen it’d be perfect for him to go back. But it’s whether Celtic will want to pay £10million for him as that still seems a lot for them to pay. But listen he’ll have options as that holding midfield role is a speciality, not just anyone can do that. For me, if he does become available, which he will, he’ll have no shortage of takers.”
I remain unsure about a return given the suggestions he refused loan deals out in previous windows, and given his lack of game time, could we gamble on getting him up to speed quickly enough so he was an asset and not a distraction?
I remain unconvinced here, albeit, his quality when fit isn’t in doubt.
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