They always say that a player should never go back, but the success of Fraser Forster this season has demonstrated how well things can go.
He re-joined on loan from Southampton after years in the wilderness, but he showed his dominance and came up with some huge saves in Europe, to the point that most fans will want him to re-join permanently.
According to a recent report from The Sun, he could’ve been close to lining up with another former favourite from January if a late move had gone through.
It’s hard to say where Victor Wanyama would fit into this current Celtic team – realistically Lenny would need to move or drop Scott Brown or Callum McGregor, and neither player deserves that.
Despite that, Wanyama is clearly a great player and he probably would’ve improved the team, so it’s disappointing to hear that Spurs blocked a potential Celtic return.
He eventually left to join Montreal Impact in MLS, but these quotes suggest things were close to being different:
“It was sad the way they were treating me. I had given my all to the club. I loved the club and had a good relationship with the fans and the players so I wanted to leave the club to at least enjoy football again.”
“They started to delay a lot of things, even Celtic among many other teams wanted to sign me but the club was taking me on rounds until the deals collapse, and the transfer windows close.”
“I spoke with my agent and he told me the MLS transfer window was still open and there were teams that are interested in my services.”
“I can go there and at least get my passion for the game back on track and you never know one day I might move somewhere else.”
That last sentence leaves the door open to a potential Celtic return in the future, and he could be the perfect replacement for Scott Brown when he eventually decides to retire.
Only Spurs and Wanyama will know if he was actually close to moving to Celtic in January, but it does make you wonder what might have been.