With the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and the incoming Davinson Sanchez ahead of Kevin Wimmer in the pecking order, it’s little surprise that the Austrian has left Tottenham.
And after numerous teams were reported to be chasing the 24-year-old defender, Stoke City have won the race and they announced the signing of Wimmer on a five-year deal on the club’s website.
Speaking about the arrival of Wimmer, Stoke boss Mark Hughes said:
“Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal.
“We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.”
Wimmer is the third defender to walk through the doors of the bet365 Stadium this summer after Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi, becoming their seventh arrival of a productive market.
It was the Potters’ that took to social media to announce the news…
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 29, 2017
And Stoke supporters were pleased with another piece of good business…
Looking at the reaction from Spurs fans, we have made a very good signing in Wimmer.
— Jamo (@ricohjam) August 29, 2017
With anticipation growing over a solid defensive unit under Mark Hughes…
Zouma, Wimmer, Shawcross & Martins Indi – Stoke have better options at centre-back than Arsenal.
— Luke Matthews (@___Matthews___) August 29, 2017
Wow! Wimmer, Zouma and Shawcross. Hardmen in defense.
— Bowale (@Son_of_a_O) August 29, 2017
Good competition at the back now. Surely Wimmer is a starter tho at 18m
— Mitch Cartlidge (@mitchc7) August 29, 2017
Zouma and Wimmer either side of Shawcross is a decent back three #SCFC
— Ethan Simpson (@ejsimp97) August 29, 2017
Not all were impressed through, with some wondering if Wimmer’s needed…
Can Wimmer play somewhere else? Or why have we brought in 3 CB's this window? Is Shawcross going? @StokeLoudProud any ideas?
— Harry (@HarrisonBowyer) August 29, 2017
Weird transfer. Wimmer is left footed as is Martins-Indi. So that's not ideal if Stoke decide to go back to a back 4.
— reverse_ball (@reverse_ball) August 29, 2017
Really think this is overkill now. Shawcross, Indi, Zouma, Cameron, Muniesa, Wollscheid, a few youngsters & Wimmer all fighting for CB roles https://t.co/1ko401HJdo
— Sam Williamson ? (@Telescuffle) August 29, 2017
Whilst on the flip side Tottenham fans were left thrilled by the price…
18 million for Kevin Wimmer? Cheers stoke ?
— JM (@JoshMcGowan_) August 29, 2017
Spurs played Wimmer 15 times in the league over 2 years and pulled a 16million profit ah Levy
— Ethan (@EthanCRJ) August 29, 2017
£18M for Wimmer is fantastic. Has that brief, wonderful run, but has fallen off a cliff since. Time to part ways.
— Kaleb Burchett (@DatDudeKB3) August 29, 2017
— Michael Pearlman (@MPearlo) August 29, 2017
With one person having a particularly comical approach to the transfer fee…
You could buy 20,000,000 cans of dark fruits at Morrisons for the same price as one Kevin Wimmer.
— Jack? (@JackN17) August 29, 2017
What do you think Stoke fans? Is Wimmer a smart addition? Let us know below.