Can Mourinho's appointment save Victor Wanyama's Tottenham career?

Can Mourinho's appointment save Victor Wanyama's Tottenham career?

Jose Mourinho takes over a Tottenham Hotspur side that is low in confidence following a series of poor runs, especially in the Premier League. 

This season's struggles are more of an extension of poor results from the last campaign, where, despite reaching the Champions League finals, they struggled on the road. 

The London club remains the only side yet to win a single match on the road in the Premier League since February. 

Mourinho's first assignment will be to probably get the players' confidence back and avoid defeat as he figures out his next tactical plan. 

Talking of players, a new manager can breathe life into struggling players, and the 'special one' is a specialist in this. 

When he joined Man United, Marouane Fellaini was on the verge of being axed from the side, but a call from 'the special one' changed everything. 

The Belgian became one of his most trusted soldiers at United, playing alongside Paul Pogba and forming quite a formidable pair. 

He never hit the levels he had at Everton, but his career was revived considering he was on the verge of being sold. 

At Tottenham, Mourinho will run into a number of players who are either on the 'sell list' or who want out generally. 

One such player is the Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama. 

Outgoing manager Mauricio Pochettino seemed to have lost trust in Wanyama to the point of staring 18-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp during Spurs' 2-2 draw against Manchester City early in the season with Wanyama fit. 

The Argentine responded to questions of Wanyama not playing regularly, and famously said the club was not a charity and all players played on merit. 

“We are not a charity, not in this case about Victor, but we have a lot of options to play different players and sometimes players are lucky, some are unlucky,"

The 28-year-old was once Spurs' midfield engine, but recurrent injuries have seen his game-time reduced to almost zero, having missed a huge chunk of last season. 

He was linked with a transfer to a host of teams in the summer, with Turkish giants Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray alongside Club Brugge all said to have maintained a keen interest. 

In the end, nothing materialized and he stayed.

Mourinho will have a host of midfielders to pick from, with Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko, and youngster Oliver Skipp all fighting for a role in midfield. 

The Portuguese is known for his defensive approach to matches and his teams are built on a strong backline and able defensive midfielders who can cover the backline well. 

Against Egypt in Alexandria during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match, Wanyama showed he still got some life in him and Mourinho might reinvigorate that. 

His best days are behind him, but he can get to the level he was before the injuries disrupted his play.