The Daily Mail has reported that Tottenham Hotspur are keen on a potential deal for FC Koln defender Kevin Wimmer ahead of a possible transfer this summer.
The paper claims that Spurs have watched him several times already this season, with Mauricio Pochettino mulling over a deal looking ahead to the 2015/16 campaign.
Tottenham’s back four have been a little inconsistent this season, with Eric Dier struggling against Manchester United last weekend, but the key league stats between the two players suggest that he would not be an upgrade on the heavily criticised England man.
|Position||Team||Total Tackles per Game||Interceptions per Game||Total Clearances per Game||Passing Accuracy||Accurate Long Balls per Game||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Kevin Wimmer||DF||FC Koln||1.2||1.5||6.5||73.8%||5.7||24||2160|
In terms of core areas for any defender, tackles and interceptions, Dier is ahead on one count and level in another with Wimmer producing 1.2 and 1.5 per match respectively.
It shows that Dier has made a good impact adjusting to the physical nature of the Premier League and is also reading the game just as effectively as the Austrian star.
One basic area where Wimmer is ahead is clearances this season, producing 1.5 per match more than Dier on average. In terms of a no-nonsense type of defence who gets the ball out of play quickly under pressure, Wimmer would be Pochettino’s man.
One thing Pochettino looks for in any of his Tottenham players is the ability to pass effectively under pressure.
Dier is more effective in terms of his passing accuracy with Wimmer at 73%, which is significant in terms of the way Tottenham build the play up from the back, through to the midfield and the more creative players.
He also has less of a tendency to play the ball long, with Wimmer significantly ahead at 5.3 long balls per game this season.
Pochettino likes his team to keep the ball down and dominate games through a high press and possession, not launching the ball forward which presents a chance for the opposition to win it back easily.
To conclude, Wimmer would be a good investment and he’s a good young player, but there’s little to suggest he’s a better proposition to the young defender the club invested in last summer.