Kevin Wimmer has admitted to the Daily Mirror that he found things difficult at Tottenham Hotspur initially.
Wimmer struggled to break into Spurs’ team when he first arrived from Koln last summer, with fellow centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld blocking his route into the first-team.
The 23-year-old had to wait until January before making his first Premier League appearance, and he admits that his first few months at White Hart Lane were challenging.
"At the beginning of the season, it wasn’t easy for me because Toby Alderweireld and Jan did well and for a defender it is never easy because you don’t change the centre-backs too much,” he said.
Wimmer’s patience has now been rewarded, as the centre-back has broken into Mauricio Pochettino’s side since Vertonghen picked up an injury.
The Belgian defender was ruled out of action with a knee complaint and, despite a lack of action previously, Wimmer has proved his class in recent weeks.
Wimmer has started in Spurs’ last three Premier League matches, and he has helped the side only concede once over that time.
Tottenham have the best defensive record of any team in England’s top flight, having conceded just 20 times in 26 league matches this term as they challenge for the title.