Kevin Wimmer says he did not let the doubters affect his preparation for the recent match with Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer is proving his worth as a shrewd summer signing by the club, stepping in seamlessly for the injured Jan Vertonghen.
The Austrian starred against Manchester City at the weekend, working well alongside Toby Alderweireld, in his biggest fixture since joining Spurs.
Speaking to Tottenham's official website, Wimmer explains he heard the doubts ahead of the City fixture about his ability to cope with such an intense fixture.
Wimmer said that he did not pay much attention, and aimed to treat the game in the same way as he would any other.
He said: "A lot of people were saying before the game that this was my first big test but I knew if I did the same things as always, I could do well.
"I try to do my best in every game, to show my qualities and it went well. Of course, I have players around me who help all the time and make it a lot of fun to play."
Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino have clearly put Wimmer in a position to succeed and that must be commended, but the centre-back deserves credit for his perfect transition into the team with Vertonghen out.
The defender now has a high standard to live up to over the rest of the season, and with a Euro 2016 starting spot to try and earn for Austria this summer, he has added motivation to keep it up.