Jan Vertonghen’s knee injury threatened to derail Tottenham’s season, but Kevin Wimmer has proven himself to be a capable back-up.
Wimmer, who signed from Cologne in the summer, is still adapting to the Premier League but looked composed once again against Manchester City as he continues to fill in for the Belgian.
The 23-year-old also earned positive reviews for his role in Spurs’ 3-0 away win at Norwich and in the 3-0 victory at home to Fiorentina on Thursday night. While there were fears that he would not be able to cope with the threat of City’s Sergio Aguero, he – and the rest of Tottenham’s defence – looked a composed unit.
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It is clear that Wimmer is benefiting from the mentoring of Vertonghen, and of playing alongside Toby Alderweireld, who at 26, is one of the most experienced heads in the Tottenham dressing room.
Alderweireld has spoken about the culture of hard work which Mauricio Pochettino has created in training, insisting those who are not willing to fit in with it have been removed from the club.
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It is clear that Wimmer has fitted in perfectly with that philosophy, and his boss has been quick to praise him, telling The Daily Mail: “I think he has showed good maturity and good communication with Toby Alderweireld.”
The fact that Pochettino singled out Alderweireld will also prove encouraging for the Belgian, who has shown his leadership credentials around the young defender, to such an extent that he is being talked about in some circles as a potential future captain.
That leaves Spurs in a much more comfortable position at the back as well as up front. Even if Harry Kane gets injured, as he was against Fiorentina, Tottenham were able to cope brilliantly.
In defence, Wimmer has allowed them to continue their fine form, and incase of any further injuries, Pochettino has promised to offer Academy product Cameron Carter-Vickers an opportunity, even though he is yet to feature in the first team other than making the bench in the Europa League. Eric Dier is another option at centre-back even though he has been playing well in midfield this season.
Wimmer is of more immediate interest and has much to live up to in Vertonghen’s absence. Spurs have the best goal difference in the league, and it looks as though Wimmer will only add weight to that statistic.
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