The stock of Kenyan international and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama continues to rise after he grabbed yet another individual award at his club Southampton.
Wanyama was one of four big winners at the Saints’ Garmin Player Awards gala dinner on Wednesday night, the bossy midfield anchorman taking home the President’s Choice Award.
Southampton Honorary President Terry Paine was on hand to give Wanyama the award, the Saints legend saying the 23-year-old stood out from a group of generally impressive players.
“Wanyama stumped his own personality and identity in the team. His total commitment and aggression has been very much part of this team’s success,” he said.
“I pick Wanyama not because he comes from Africa or Kenya, but because he’s been outstanding. We have conceded only 31 goals this season, the same number as Champions Chelsea and that is mainly due to the shield he gives the back four,” added Terry.
Wanyama, who received a standing ovation from the gala night audience expressed his delight at receiving the award from a man held in such high regards at the club.
“Receiving this award from Terry is a big honour to me given his legendary status at the club. Am a big fan of his and it’s a big surprise to get recognition from him,” said Wanyama who has scored three goals in the Premier League for Southampton this season, his 40-yard scorcher in a 1-0 win against Hull City the highlight of the lot.
Jack Cork was the winner of the award last season.
Saints’ Captain Jose Fonte won the Fans’ Player and Players’ Player of the season awards. Matt Targett won the Young Player of the Season Award while Goal of the season award went to Shane Long for his strike in the 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa last weekend.
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