Southampton new-boy Wanyama relishing Premier League challenge

The defensive midfielder, who swapped Celtic Park for St Mary's in July, says he is gelling well with his new team-mates as he adapts to the rigours of the English game
By Timothy Olobulu

New Southampton signing Victor Wanyama says he is settling into life in English football well after completing a summer move to the south coast from Scottish champions Celtic.

The Kenya international signed for the Saints for a fee of around £12 million and has played every minute of the club's opening three Premier League fixtures this term.

The 22-year-old is adjusting well to his new surroundings, but aims to improve his performances as he adapts to the speed of the English top flight and the style of football employed by Mauricio Pochettino.

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“I have enjoyed every bit of England since I arrived and I am looking forward for not only better days but better performances from myself and the team,” Wanyama told Goal.

“I have not found it hard gelling into the team because my team-mates have been very friendly and they have made life relatively easy for me.

“The game in England is much different from that in Scotland. In England the speed is quite high and the game is physical.

“Also, Southampton play quite a passing game as compared to Celtic and I must say it is the kind of game I enjoy playing. Generally, I feel very comfortable in the team and the league.”

Wanyama admits the biggest challenge playing in England is coping with matchday pressure, but has been blown away by the support for the team.

“There is always pressure to perform and pressure to win games. I can say that is the biggest challenge so far,” the former Beerschot midfielder continued.

“You always have to prepare yourself mentally and brace yourself to fight. But at the same time, the passion of the game in England is great. The stadium is always full and the fans are there to cheer you up whether you are home or away. It’s fantastic!”