Mauricio Pochettino explains why Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer earned a new deal

Crystal Palace's Emmanuel Adebayor in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer

The young talent was a revelation in his debut season.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip IlicicTottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Fiorentina's Josip Ilicic

Mauricio Pochettino has praised Kevin Wimmer for his efforts last season after the defender signed a new five-year deal earlier today.

The 23-year old impressed in the second half of the campaign, following a long-term injury to Jan Vertonghen, and Pochettino believes others in the squad can take inspiration from the Austrian.

“It’s important that he’s very young and his first season with us was good,” said the Spurs boss, in a video shared by the club's official Twitter account.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

“All of the squad need to be ready to take their opportunity when the manager gives it to them and he showed that he was ready. He competed well and it was great for him.”

Wimmer’s displays have earned a new deal at White Hart Lane and he will be determined to keep up the same level of performance going into the new season.

Vertonghen is sidelined once again, after suffering ligament damage during Euro 2016, and he seems to be developing a habit of picking up serious injuries.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action with Belgium's Jan VertonghenRepublic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman in action with Belgium's Jan Vertonghen

Pre-season will be a chance for Wimmer to place himself firmly in Pochettino’s first-team plans and with his Belgian team-mate not due to return for several weeks, the former FC Koln man looks odds on to begin the season in the starting XI.

Wimmer is likely to start against Juventus on Tuesday as Spurs travel to Melbourne to compete in the International Champions Cup and he will be aiming to remind fans of his qualities after his long spell on the bench.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Aston Villa's Jordan VeretoutTottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout

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