Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama demonstrated just why he is being consistently linked with numerous Premier League sides after an impressive display against Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 21-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal already this season, while Queens Park Rangers made an official offer for the midfielder during the summer transfer window.

Victor Wanyama
Wanyama caught the eye with an impressive display against Barcelona [Reuters]

QPR were unsuccessful in their attempts to land a player who arrived at Parkhead with little fanfare from Belgian side Beerschot AC in the summer of 2010 for a fee of €900,000.

His performances last season quickly caught the eye of he became a firm fan favourite for his robust displays in the heart of midfield. As well as a superb understanding of the game, Wanyama is tough in the tackle and has shown an eye for goal.

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby was full of praise for the midfielder, and revealed that there is no reason why he can't be a major success in the Premier League.

"From the day he arrived we could see he was a guy who could play anywhere in the world with a top team given some time," said Mjallby.

"He's got strength, pace and is a powerhouse of a player and, while there is a huge gulf in class between the SPL and Premier League, it doesn't mean it can't work."

The Kenya international has started the season in superb fashion both domestically and in Europe where he shone in the late 2-1 loss to Barcelona.

Wanyama consistently foiled the unrepentant attacks of Lionel Messi and co as Celtic fought bravely but were ultimately undone by a late winner from left-back Jordi Alba.

This display, combined with the two goals he scored against St. Mirren last weekend, have further highlighted why the likes of Manchester United have shown an interest in the midfielder.

The player himself recently spoke about the reported interest from Manchester United who have been criticised for failing to sign a powerful central midfielder.

"I have heard a lot about my intended move to several clubs, the latest being Manchester United," Wanyama told SuperSport.

"Personally I just think those are rumours. My focus now remains with my team Celtic, whom I want to help in both our domestic competitions and the Champions League."

Still in the infancy of his career, Wanyama has plenty of time to make his mark in stronger leagues; however, with his performances continuing to catch the eye, Celtic will face an uphill task in keeping the youngster.