Stoke City fans slam Kevin Wimmer; good call Tottenham Hotspur?

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December 16, 2017 in...

Spurs made £18m when they sold Kevin Wimmer to Premier League rivals Stoke City in August.

Kevin Wimmer of Spurs in action during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on January 1, 2017 in Watford, England.

Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to sell Kevin Wimmer to Stoke City in August left supporters divided. Yes, the Austrian had barely featured in 2016/17 and, yes, he earned Spurs a cool £18 million just two years after they paid Cologne almost a quarter of that fee, as reported by the BBC.

But Wimmer looked a defender of real class and potential during his first season at White Hart Lane, deputising for Jan Vertonghen during the spring and looking like an important future cog of this ever-improving Spurs machine.

Though based on his first few months as a Stoke player, it is remarkable that Wimmer ever turned out in a Tottenham shirt at all. Without doubt, he has been one of the most underwhelming signings of 2017/18.

Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City and Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September...

And the disappointment has been amplified by the fact that only Gianni Imbula has cost more than Wimmer in Stoke’s history. For what it’s worth, Imbula was probably even worse.

So far, Wimmer has started 12 of Stoke’s 20 Premier League games and saved arguably his worst performance for their trip to his former club at the start of December. Spurs ran riot at Wembley, winning 5-1, with the 25-year-old all at sea throughout.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017...

Suddenly, Spurs’ decision to cash in on Wimmer looks a good one. Especially as it’s safe to say Davinson Sanchez can be considered a rather substantial upgrade.

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