The 25-year-old, the only player to have featured in all 28 of Spurs’ Premier League games this season, has also been one of the bargains of the season after being signed from Southampton last summer for just £9million.
He credits his success to Pochettino, who he also worked with in the 2013-14 season when the Argentinean was his Saints manager.
Kenya international midfielder Wanyama said: “I’ve learned a lot of things through him, and I don’t just see him as a manager but as a father figure.
“I looked at where the club was heading and with the manager, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I know he builds for the future and wants to fight for everything. I couldn’t resist that.
“Mauricio has improved my game in all aspects, everything.
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“It’s not just football, in life as well. He’s been able to teach me a lot inside and outside football, how to live with people, how to be humble.”
Tottenham, ten points behind leaders Chelsea with 10 games to go, visit Burnley on Saturday as they bid to keep their slim title hopes alive.