Victor wants big European nights for Saints

Basingstoke Gazette: Victor Wanyama Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama knows what football’s big European nights are like – and he wants them back.

When the midfielder moved to Saints last summer, in a £12.5m deal from Celtic, he viewed the transfer as a step forward in his career.

However, there was a trade-off involved for the 22-year-old: By completing the switch, he had to give up his place in the Champions League.

At the Glasgow side, Wanyama had been pitted against giants of the game, such as Barcelona, Juventus and Benfica.

With Saints, however, the prospect of Europe remained only an ambition.

However, it is one that he hopes the club can now turn into a reality.

“If we keep performing in this league like how we have been doing, we have a good chance to qualify for the Europa League,” he said.

“For me, I think it is good. It’s a good thing to play.

“If you are not in the Champions League then this is a good thing to have, to play in the Europa League.

“It will also be good exposure for us to have a little bit of experience in (European) football.”

The highlight of Wanyama’s career remains scoring the opening goal in Celtic’s 2-1 home win over Barcelona last season.

It is the sort of night that he craves with Saints.

“Obviously, I do miss them,” he said. “They are really great games.

“You get to play against the bigger clubs and also get a chance to play alongside world class players, so it’s a really good stage to play.”

While he says the goal for Saints this season is a place in Europe, Wanyama explained that there is no specific target in terms of league position.

“Any spot that can put us in the Europa League or play in the Champions League is fine for me,” he said, although the latter is almost certainly out of reach this term. “It would be a great achievement here.”

Wanyama, who said the transition from Scotland to England had proved “a little bit difficult”, returned to action this month after an eight-week spell on the sidelines because of a hairline leg fracture.

He says he is not quite at full fitness yet, but is closing in on it.

However, the adjustment from starting every week to watching from the stands or the bench has not been an easy one for Wanyama.

“It’s been really tough, being eight weeks out,” said the Kenyan, who added that Jack Cork has “done well” in place of him.

“Trying to come back then, it’s always difficult.

“It has been a really tough journey for me, because I didn’t feel the same as before and, now, I’m trying to get back to where I was when I left and, hopefully, in a few weeks I will be there.”

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8:17am Sat 22 Feb 14

mack chinnon says...

Come on Scunny.
Come on Scunny. mack chinnon

8:42am Sat 22 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

mack chinnon wrote:
Come on Scunny.
It's time to get back to us winning and them losing and put the total mare of last weekend behind us.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Come on Scunny.[/p][/quote]It's time to get back to us winning and them losing and put the total mare of last weekend behind us. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

8:55am Sat 22 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

It's all very well scoring against Barceona. We'd be happy if he managed to score against West Hoof.
It's all very well scoring against Barceona. We'd be happy if he managed to score against West Hoof. Clever Dick

9:16am Sat 22 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

mack chinnon wrote:
Come on Scunny.
Come on Mansfield, Bury, Wycombe, Torquay and Northampton as well.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Come on Scunny.[/p][/quote]Come on Mansfield, Bury, Wycombe, Torquay and Northampton as well. Clever Dick

9:27am Sat 22 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Could be a frustrating afternoon, as the Hoofers are the perfect example of the type of team, we struggle against.

Maybe a quick reminder, to our English contingent, that Roy will be naming his next England squad, in the near future, will give them a bit more incentive to raise their game that little bit more.
Could be a frustrating afternoon, as the Hoofers are the perfect example of the type of team, we struggle against. Maybe a quick reminder, to our English contingent, that Roy will be naming his next England squad, in the near future, will give them a bit more incentive to raise their game that little bit more. Costa Baz

9:32am Sat 22 Feb 14

Confucious says...

For obvious reasons, the home fans should abandon their regular "Come on Scunties" cheer today.
For obvious reasons, the home fans should abandon their regular "Come on Scunties" cheer today. Confucious

10:31am Sat 22 Feb 14

andoru says...

"a chance to play alongside world class players"

He gets those all the time at St Mary's. What are Lallana, Lambert, Lovren, Shaw, Clyne, Schneiderlin etc ...?
"a chance to play alongside world class players" He gets those all the time at St Mary's. What are Lallana, Lambert, Lovren, Shaw, Clyne, Schneiderlin etc ...? andoru

10:49am Sat 22 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

come on saints lets start hoofs slide back down the league, they are an offence to modern football.
don't worry Big Vic it wont be long until you are playing European football with the mighty saints, 3pts today is the aim today though!
come on saints lets start hoofs slide back down the league, they are an offence to modern football. don't worry Big Vic it wont be long until you are playing European football with the mighty saints, 3pts today is the aim today though! el caballo santos101

11:00am Sat 22 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

sorry to bring it up again but victor your boss blew your best chance of european football last weekend mate
sorry to bring it up again but victor your boss blew your best chance of european football last weekend mate mickey01

11:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

Dorssaints says...

Tim eto move on from last w/e, especially as Victor had an off day. Rhink he should play instead of Davies as West Ham will be more aggressive than Sunderland. Let us get top 7 Europe or not as we will attract a couple of better players in transfer window. Wonder if Cork will play, I hope so as he has been great since his return.
Tim eto move on from last w/e, especially as Victor had an off day. Rhink he should play instead of Davies as West Ham will be more aggressive than Sunderland. Let us get top 7 Europe or not as we will attract a couple of better players in transfer window. Wonder if Cork will play, I hope so as he has been great since his return. Dorssaints

1:13pm Sat 22 Feb 14

redandy10 says...

After the FA cup mistake by the manager he and the lads need to come back with three points today. He made a bad judgement call last week but he's still a great manager and he'll prove it to even his biggest critics.
After the FA cup mistake by the manager he and the lads need to come back with three points today. He made a bad judgement call last week but he's still a great manager and he'll prove it to even his biggest critics. redandy10

1:27pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mack chinnon says...

q. How much is Cockney shampoo?
A. Pan ten.
q. How much is Cockney shampoo? A. Pan ten. mack chinnon

1:55pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mush On The Beach says...

mack chinnon wrote:
q. How much is Cockney shampoo?
A. Pan ten.
I bought some shampoo on The King’s Road and it cost a Head and Shoulders above that .... I’ll get my coat.
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: q. How much is Cockney shampoo? A. Pan ten.[/p][/quote]I bought some shampoo on The King’s Road and it cost a Head and Shoulders above that .... I’ll get my coat. Mush On The Beach

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