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.
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.
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.
Shaqiri extremely poor. Fletcher worse. Wimmer as mobile as a gro-bag. Merry Christmas. #scfc— poc (@peteoconn) December 26, 2017
Kevin Wimmer at left back again will give me a heart attack #scfc— Adam (@addyb96) December 26, 2017
4 bookings for Kevin Wimmer is an interesting development given I've not seen him tackle once or get anywhere near to a player.— Josh (@SCFCJosh96) December 21, 2017
Can we put Wimmer back on Spurs without them noticing? #SCFC— David Rice (@bfmva7xsp) December 16, 2017
Someone tell me why on earth we wasted £18M on Wimmer?! #SCFC— Jacob (@highlordofmusic) December 16, 2017
Glad that Wimmer is improved playing at LB. Problem is we could have spent 18 million on an actual left back.— Sam Crimes (@SamCrimesSCFC) December 26, 2017