For a while it appeared as though Kevin Wimmer was going to be a bargain success at Tottenham Hotspur. The Austrian arrived at Spurs from FC Koln for a fee reported by The Telegraph to be in the region of £4.3 million.
In his first season at the club he caught the eye, putting in some decent performances when Jan Vertonghen picked up an injury.
However, by his second term, Wimmer had been dropped down the Spurs pecking order. Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen were established at the heart of Tottenham’s defence whilst Eric Dier played often at the heart of defence and Cameron Carter-Vickers started the campaign ahead of him.
Wimmer featured just 10 times and was on his way out in the summer. Spurs eventually sold him to Stoke City. The fee involved was reported by the BBC to be £18 million, with his form when he did feature for spurs obviously counting for something.
Tottenham therefore made a decent profit on the player, in the region of £13.7 million. Looking back at his first season at Stoke, it is perhaps the easiest money Spurs have ever made.
Wimmer has struggled with the Potters in what has been a dire season for the club. Stoke are currently embroiled in a relegation fight and the man who signed him, Mark Hughes, has departed.
In fact, Wimmer will not play any part in the relegation run-in at present. New Stoke boss Paul Lambert is not of the belief that Wimmer is currently up to the fitness levels necessary to play for Stoke at present and he is on a ‘special fitness regime’ – according to The Telegraph.
Tottenham replaced Wimmer in the summer with Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez, in a club record deal. Whilst a far more expensive option he has proved to be an exceptional talent for Spurs and a player for the future.
Wimmer, for all the promise he did show in his first season at Spurs, is merely a £13.7m plus in the transfer market and nothing else.