By Gabriel Oguda
I don’t know who advises Victor Wanyama, but there exists little evidence they are wise. ‘Big Vic’ today went on a Twitter clarification spree, denying earlier reports attributed to him that Arsenal have made contacts regarding his potential move to the Emirates, in the summer. Suffice to say his grammar wasn’t the best. He had to pull down the tweets, and now his social media team are cleaning the earlier mess – by saying what he meant to say earlier, albeit with refined English.
One. It is not the first time Wanyama has exposed himself as one of many high-profile athletes gifted with faltering communication skills. It certainly, it seems, wont be the last. Wanyama must remember he made his name on the pitch, and not on social media. He must refuse the temptation of going the Joey Barton way – latching onto every other mole-hill media report and converting it into a meaningless mountain. If Arsenal want you, they will get you. Go out there and give a stonewall pitch on why you are a must have. Not spending time on Twitter battling online mobs accusing you of being a traitor to the Southampton European cause. There is a reason Tom Cleverly deactivated his Twitter account. You can start learning from there.
Two. Tapping players who are still honouring contractual obligations with another club is expressly forbidden under the FA rules. That is not to say it does not happen. But if there is anything the Ashley Cole saga taught us, Victor Wanyama and his agent must be careful not to leave Southampton out the negotiating table, whether privately or publicly. Ronald Koeman, the Saints manager, was forced to convene a meeting today to ask Wanyama about the rumours going around, and expressly caution the players against letting issues of contracts and transfers get into their heads at this time when they chasing European qualification. Already, a section of Southampton fans are incensed at Wanyama, for sniffing the money and wanting out.
Three. The English press is very unforgiving when it comes to transfer rumours, with The Sun always at the forefront leading the onslaught. You respond to their made-up stories and it goes downhill from there. I keep giving the example of Ravel Morrison – a player so good Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was the best player he had seen at that age, after Man United coach Phil Brogan has scouted him for the Manchester United Academy. He couldn’t keep his head, kept punching people’s throats on the field of play and letting praise get into his head.
As we speak, the talent is now without a club, after leaving Old Trafford for West Ham, Birmingham, QPR, and Cardiff City. Four clubs couldn’t stomach a talented player with a hot head. His career is about to end at only, mark this, 22 years of age.
Dear Victor Wanyama, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, … then, you’ll be a man, my son.” – Rudyard Kipling