Dusan Tadic of Southampton controls the ball while under pressure from Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City
Stoke City defender Kevin Wimmer has told The Express in Koln that he does not regret signing for Tottenham, though he has wondered how his career would have been different had he not made the move.
Wimmer, now 24, joined Koln from LASK Linz in his native Austria back in 2012, and emerged into the first team with the Bundesliga side, making 73 appearances in all competitions before attracting major interest.
Tottenham won the race for his signature in the summer of 2015, as manager Mauricio Pochettino looked to add more depth to his defence having wanted cover for Jan Vertonghen on the left side of his centre backs.
However, Wimmer ended up only really being used whenever Vertonghen was out, and he barely featured under Pochettino, playing just 15 Premier League games in two years at White Hart Lane.
Wimmer decided to move on over the summer in search of playing time elsewhere, and joined Premier League rivals Stoke City, where he has already played three times in the Premier League.
Wimmer was asked whether he regrets making the move to White Hart Lane, but stated that he feels his move to Tottenham helped him develop and become a better player.
Wimmer did though suggest that he has thought about how his career would be different had he chosen to stay with Koln, thought he is adamant that he made the right decision at the time – even with the hindsight of knowing his lack of playing time.
“Of course one thinks about what would have happened [if he hadn't left Koln],” said Wimmer. “Because you have to be honest. But then it was a good time for me to take the next step to develop myself further. I had two years of teaching at Tottenham that made me better,” he added.