Farewell, Big Victor Wanyama. Seeya, Hooperman.
The most dominant midfield powerhouse that Celtic have had in years, Victor was destined to move on. For one thing, it’s the Celtic plan these days – find these players young and cheap, develop them and sell on at a profit.
In this case, what a profit! £900,000 spent, and sold for about £12m. Plus, those glorious two years in the hoops. His performances in the Champions League especially will be remembered by me for years.
His first couple of games, I did wonder what we’d bought, he didn’t look like anything special. Once he’d settled, he developed and grew into a damn fine footballer… and he’s still learning. He’s getting better every year.
For my money, he won’t be at Southampton for long. 2 years, then he’ll move onwards and upwards.
Hooper? That’s another story. Time will tell, but I genuinely think if he leaves for Norwich, or even worse, QPR, then he could look back in years to come and wonder what could have been.
Staying at Celtic might have put him out of sight, out of mind as far as England is concerned in his mind. However, Fraser Forster got an England call up. How did he do that? Putting on a show in the Champions League. Hooper could be doing that this year. And next. And the next. Do you see Norwich or QPR in the Champions League anytime soon?
With that said, I hope he does well down in England. Celtic will double their money, and his goals helped us win some trophies. Good luck, Gary… but I think you could be making a huge mistake. This club might be the pinnacle of his career. Time will tell.