Tottenham have recently confirmed the signing of Kevin Wimmer from Koln.
The Belgian international said: “It is not intended that he replaces me. The past five, six years I have had many different guys next to me. This season was finally more stability with either Dier or Fazio.”
Wimmer arrived at White Hart Lane last week, agreeing a switch from the Bundesliga with much expected of him. A 22-year-old centre-back, Wimmer, like Vertonghen, is left-footed and frequently plays on the left side of the centre.
He may not be as adaptable, with the 28-year-old also able to play at left-back or in defensive midfield, but at his young age it is expected that WImmer will start to break into the first-team to displace Vertonghen.
This is also expected due to the potential of the Belgian international leaving North London this summer. He has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool by the Mirror, whilst the Sport Wereld story claims Napoli are preparing to submit an offer for him.
With Wimmer signed it could be suggested that Vertonghen has become aware that he is no longer guaranteed game-time in his natural position, but his recent comments indicate that he is aware of his position in the first-team, and is not threatened.
Having finally found some stability in the defensive unit following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach, it is good to see the club plan on retaining that stability heading into next season, with Wimmer likely to be nothing but a back-up uption for the near future.