Aug 6, 2017

Could Southampton look to Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer as a Virgil Van Dijk replacement?

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As Southampton prepare for life without captain Virgil Van Dijk as a move seems increasingly likely, the Daily Mail say that they could turn to Tottenham man Kevin Wimmer to replace him.

What would Wimmer bring to Saint Mary’s?

The centre-back has been a useful squad option at Tottenham. Focused and strong in the air, Wimmer has shown that he has what it takes to make the grade in the Premier League.

Wimmer has had question marks raised over his quality, often committing basic errors. At 24 years of age, there is still time for him to improve and cut that aspect out of his game and he may excel under the tutelage of Mauricio Pellegrino given his quality and experience in that position as a player.

However, Wimmer does have Premier League experience. Whilst he has never been first choice at Tottenham, he has got substantial game-time since joining and that may offer something that is not on offer from other targets in that price range.

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Is a move likely?

It seems likely that Tottenham would be prepared to sell. Having made just eight appearance for Spurs last term and clearly way down the pecking order even in the absence of Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld, if a reasonable bid is incoming then it is likely to be considered.

Southampton will be on the look out for added depth in defence, even if Van Dijk doesn’t leave. If he does, then they will be looking for a quality option who could walk straight into the first team.

Wimmer should relish such an opportunity, having lacked regular first team football since he moved from FC Koln to London in 2015. The responsibility should be welcomed by the defender and it could help him to take his game to the next level at a club known for developing and improving players.

Kevin Wimmer to Southampton
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
Wimmer would be far from a like for like replacement in terms of quality, but if a deal can be done cheaply then it could be a bargain for the Saints to add depth to their defence.
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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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