Kevin Wimmer set to impress at Euro 2016

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Tottenham have sent no less than 11 players to Euro 2016, but the tournament will be a huge opportunity for one of them in particular. 

Kevin Wimmer was one of the unsung heroes in Tottenham's title challenge, coming into the side to replace Jan Vertonghen, who suffered a serious knee injury. 

The Austrian was immediately dropped when Vertonghen returned to full fitness, much to the frustration of some Tottenham fans. 


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Dark horse 

While Wimmer played just 9 times in the Premier League this season, he has still been called up by Austria, who are being tipped as one of the dark horses at this summer's tournament. 

They will face Hungary, Iceland, and Portugal in Group F, so they will be expecting to progress. 

And if they do, Wimmer can prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino. 

The 23-year-old is unlikely to start in Austria's opening game against Hungary, but if he is given his chance, he can step in just as he did for Spurs this season. 

At club level, he has perhaps been unlucky in that he has been in competition with such an established defender in Vertonghen, and he may have the same difficulties displacing Austria's first-choice centre-backs Aleksandar Dragović and Martin Hinteregger. 

Fans' backing 

Wimmer needs this tournament to go well for him if he is to establish himself as a top defender in his own right, rather than a reliable back-up.  

He is popular among Spurs fans, with plenty calling for his return in the first team at Vergtonghen's expense - though much of that may have been said in the heat of the moment after the 5-1 defeat to Newcastle. 

Realistically, next season will be another learning curve for him but regardless, he can use Euro 2016 as a chance to secure his reputation and perhaps steer himself in contention for a start at Spurs. 

How far will Austria go at Euro 2016? Have your say in the comments. 

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