Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino believes that Victor Wanyama’s full 90-minutes clocked against AFC Wimbledon in an FA Cup third round was necessary for his mental strength as he works back to full recovery.
Wanyama made his first appearance for Spurs since August as a second-half substitute against Swansea in the mid-week league match last week.
On Sunday, the Kenyan captain was handed a full game where he steered Spurs to a 3-0 win to book a place in the next stage of the knockout competition; his second appearance for the club this season since Spurs 2-1 lose to Chelsea in a league match last August.
With match fitness still lacking on the former Southampton midfielder, Pochettino justified his decision to hand the Kenyan star a full 90-minutes in his second match after returning from a four months long injury spell.
“It's so important. For Victor (Wanyama), it's so important to feel like you can cope with 90 minutes. That is so important psychologically in this aspect,” Pochettino told The Evening Standard.
Harry Kane scored a quick-brace before Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 later to give Spurs a cool passage into the next round.