Spurs: Wimmer hopes Tottenham have turned corner; midfielder's injury struggles; China link developed
Kevin Wimmer did not have the best of days from a personal perspective at the Emirates on Sunday, but the 1-1 draw and team performance was certainly a positive outcome for Spurs. In fairness to Wimmer, the defender had a very decent game apart from his first-half own goal. The German has had precious few minutes on the pitch this season, having deputised quite well for Jan Vertonghen in the spring. However, when Toby Alderweireld has been injured this season Pochettino has usually resorted to moving Eric Dier into defence. Wimmer, though hope Sunday’s result at Arsenal sees Tottenham turn a corner this season:
“We’ve tried to turn things around after recent games and we did well.
“For me, it’s always a good feeling to be in the starting 11, especially a game like this. I always try to give my best and we all wanted to win.
“We obviously got the draw, but we now have some time until the next game and I think we’ve turned the corner.
“We’re moving in the right direction and everyone believes we can continue to improve.”
It is a little odd that there is talk about turning a corner considering Spurs are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season and within a few points of the top of the table. However, goals from open play remain an issue and this looks like being the factor that will stop Pochettino’s side from going close to winning the league. Tottenham had more draws than any team in the top six last season, and a similar trend has continued this. That said, they do look well equipped to flourish in the big head-to-head games; their best two performances of the season have come against Manchester City and Tottenham. They have laboured against West Brom, Sunderland and Bournemouth though and these types of fixture might cost them.
Elsewhere, South Korean forward Heung Min Son has admitted that he has played through an ankle problem over the last month. Son was a key component in Pochettino’s gameplan at Arsenal; his turn of foot forcing the Gunners’ centre halves back and stretching the pitch for Spurs to play in. The former Bayer Leverkusen forward was voted Premier League Player of the Month in September following braces against Stoke, Middlesbrough and an assist against City. Spurs fans will want him back on the goalscoring trail soon, though he gives plenty more to the team besides which justifies his selection.
Finally, Spurs have strengthened their links with football development in China by helping to launch the third Jaguar China-UK Football Exchange. Former Lilywhites skipper Ledley King attended the event in his new capacity as a club ambassador. During the exchange 40 children, including some from underprivileged areas of China, will get the chance to train at Spurs’ world-class training ground in Enfield and play a friendly match against British students.
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