Jamie Redknapp believes Kevin Wimmer is key to potential Manchester City triumph

Jamie Redknapp

The Austrian has stepped into Jan Vertonghen's role with relative ease.

Tottenham Hotspur will face a real test of their title credentials this weekend as they travel to Manchester City with the hope of picking up a win against Manuel Pellegrini's men.

Spurs moved up to second in the Premier League last weekend, as Leicester thrashed Manchester City 3-1 in their own backyard and Spurs will be hoping to do the same.

They defeated City earlier in the season 4-1 at White Hart Lane, so confidence is high.

However, they will be without one of their star players for the game. Jan Vertonghen is still out with a knee injury picked up against Crystal Palace and Austrian international Kevin Wimmer will be tasked with keeping track of one of the world's best strikers, Sergio Aguero.

He has been impressive for Spurs since stepping into the Vertonghen void but there is no doubt that Aguero will present a challenge he has not yet faced in the Premier League.

Former Tottenham player and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that this could be the real challenge for Spurs at the weekend, telling Sky Sports News earlier today:

"This is the first test for them though without Vertonghen. Vertonghen's not going to play this week unless he makes a miraculous recovery.

"They played against Watford and won away at Norwich without him. This is completely different now. For Wimmer to play against Sergio Aguero. This is the acid test. If he can keep him quiet then obviously Tottenham can win this game."

Wimmer will however be relishing the chance to prove himself. He struggled to break into the first-team at Spurs initially after his move from FC Koln in the summer but has stepped up to the plate in Vertonghen's absence.

This is his chance to prove he might be deserving of a regular starting spot and he will be hoping to make the most of it.

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