The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back has all the attributes to excel for the club in Europe this season.
When Tottenham Hotspur signed Kevin Wimmer from Cologne during the summer it was clear Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy were focused on strengthening their back-line; but Toby Alderweireld’s arrival from Atletico Madrid later in the same window meant the Austrian had suddenly slipped down the pecking order before he had even played a game.
With Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen Tottenham’s undisputed first-choice centre-back pairing, Wimmer has had to wait patiently for his chances, featuring just twice to date, and only making the bench once in the league so far.
But that should not be an indicator of Wimmer’s talent and his performances against Arsenal in the League Cup and FK Qarabag in the Europa League suggest the 22-year-old has a very bright future at White Hart Lane.
Indeed while the likes of Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier and Clinton N’Jie will be hoping the European stage will allow them to showcase their talents in the short term, it could in fact be Wimmer who is the standout star in that competition.
Tottenham take on AS Monaco in their second group match later this week and Wimmer is again expected to feature.
Another stellar performance and Pochettino will have to start taking notice, and the further Tottenham go in the competition the more Wimmer’s confidence will develop.
With 73 first-team appearances for Cologne, the Austrian is not exactly a newcomer, but his performances in the cup competitions this season could ensure he is pushing Vertonghen for a starting spot in the league sooner rather than later.