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Davinson arrival allowed Wimmer to leave

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The Arrival of 21-year-old (22 next June) central defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax for am initial fee of £37.19 million (€40m - AUS$60.56m - US$48.19m) at today's rates, has allowed Mauricio Pochettino to release 24-year-old (25 in November) Austrian international centre-back Kevin Wimmer.

Wimmer wanted to leave to seek regular first team football in the season leading up to the next World Cup in Russia, although Austria may not qualify, and felt he wasn't getting enough opportunities at Tottenham.

WBA wanted to use him as a left-back but Mark Hughes has stepped in and strengthen his defence by quickly securing Wimmer on a 5-year deal for a reported £18 million (€19.39m - AUS$29.36m - US$23.34m). That is quite a profit considering he is only a squad player and arrived from Cologne for £4.3 million (€4.63m - AUS$7.01m - US$5.58m), again at today's conversion rates.


He provided us with generally dependable cover, any youngster is going to make mistakes as he learns, but he did a good job when he stood in for an injured Jan Vertonghen the season before last. He hardly got a look-in last season though, but you didn't hear him complaining.

I'm sure most Spurs fans wish him every success at Stoke City, except against Spurs of course.

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Wimmer and Janssen

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Picture courtesy of Kevin Wimmer Twitter account

Austrian international (he has 8 full international caps)Kevin Wimmer it seems will not be joining WBA which puts Crystal Palace in the driving seat. Tony Pulis wanted the 24-year-old (25 in November) to cover left-back and Wimmer naturally wants to play as a centre-back in World Cup year.


Pulis also wants to take Vincent Jansen to the Hawthorns and is looking at a similar priced deal which wouldn't be enough for our valuation, which has increased since his arrival.

The Sun seem to think a double deal is imminent, I think they are wide of the mark myself and as I said in a previous article this morning, I don't see Lazio winger Keita Baldé Diao joining us either.



The Ajax fans on Twitter want former Arsenal player Marc Overmars, who is Director of Football at the club, to buy Janssen and cash in on Kasper Dolberg, a player Spurs have watched but one who doesn't want to leave.

toke City are interested, Marseille, Lyon, plenty of sides are interested in a goalscorer, although I doubt they will be interested in around £25 million (€27.27m - AUS$40.61m - US$32.08m).

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Wimmer, Walkes and Americans

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Yet again everyone is misreporting the Kevin Wimmer fee we are asking.

We ARE NOT asking for £20 million (€22.77m - AUS$33.98m - US$25.84m), we are asking for 20 million euros, as reported in the German press from sides we had quoted that figure to.

Twenty million euros is £17.57 million (€20m - AUS$29.86m - US$22.70m) at today's exchange rate. That is too rich for the clubs from Germany and Italy who are chasing him hoping for a bargain. Spurs have indicated to him that he will be a regular starter in two years and an important backup to Jan Vertonghen until then.

Anton Walkes is currently playing for Atlanta United and the 20-year-old (21 next February) scored the winner overnight for them against San Jose Earthquakes. Atlanta won 4-2 and after being booked just 15 minutes into the game, right-back Walkes scored the third Atlanta goal after 81 minutes.

Sticking with America, Tottenham Hotspur US tell us on Twitter that Spurs have had more Americans play for them than any other club, the total number, 5. Can only help our bond and popularity, especially when the NFL games kick in. It is little facts like that that they will use to show that bond and some Americans will decide to support Tottenham on that basis. I'm sure our marketing department will be all over it, come the time.


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German report suggests Spurs asking £17.46m for Wimmer

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Following on from the revealing Tweet (link below) from a source with agents contacts, former page 3 girl turned sports presenter Amy Christophers, that suggested 17-year-old (18 next May) Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon had agreed to join Spurs, I can confirm that the two parties did meet yesterday to discuss a deal.

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Moving on to an outgoing player, German newspaper Bild are suggesting that FC Koln (Cologne) will try to re-purchase they player they sold to us on 20 May 2015, 24-yar-old (25 in November) Austrian international (he has 8 full international caps) centre-back Kevin Wimmer.

The transfer fee reported at the time was £4.3 million (€4.92m - AUS$7.39m - US$5.51m) and last July he signed a contract extension until 2021. His full fee would have been £6.20 million (€7.1m - AUS$10.66m - US$7.94m) if all the performance clauses had been met, which with a lack of playing time they haven't.

As is often the case when a player isn't a regular in the first team, other Premier League clubs take an interest. WBA are the latest to ask to be kept informed of his situation, Southampton are tracking him as are several clubs in Italy andTurkish side Galatasaray.

The news from Germany is that he will probably be too expensive for FC Koln to sign him. There is a suggestion Spurs have set an opening asking price of £17.46 million (€20m - AUS$30.03m - US$22.37m) on him, which would be lowered in negotiations but not to the extent that the German side would want.

Wimmer had a meeting with Pochettino in December over his future, he isn't happy just sitting on a bench, he wants to play and wanted to go out on loan in January. His former club have tried to take him but Pochettino refused to release him needing hi for cover in case of injuries.

Given the price we are looking for for him, a later rather than sooner exit might be expected.


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Pochettino was right not to sell Trippier and Wimmer

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Mauricio Pochettino was right not to consider selling Trippier and Wimmer

The inhabitants of the Transfer tavern have come up with two players Mauricio Pochettino should have sold during the January transfer window, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer.

I'm numb with such daft suggestions. Kieran Trippier is our reserve full-back, he alternates when we have two games a week. The former England Under-21 international has played 10 games so far this season, a total of 731 minutes.

He played 3 times in the UEFA Champions League, has played in both rounds of the FA Cup and both rounds we played in the League Cup. Without him we would be left with Eric Dier who is covering for Toby Alderweireld, and Victor Wanyama as well as playing in a back three.

Without Trippier we would be stretching our resources thin, so why sell a player you need and who has been performing well? A replacement would have to be bought and trained in our system. What is the point? There is nothing wrong with Trippier, he has more assists than most full-backs in the league.

The second crazy suggestion was Kevin Wimmer, a player we need as cover for Jan Vertonghen. He has played 9 games so far this season and is in line for a few more. Perhaps the author was unaware that the Belgian is a long-term injury, perhaps again they feel an untried and untested in our system, new centre-back would be the answer.

That is simply gambling with the rest of the season. A new player needs to get fit and learn how to play a high line and be capable of changing systems. Kevin Wimmer has been trained by Pochettino to do just that, a new centre-half wouldn't be.

There simply aren't positives to selling either of them mid-season.









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Wimmer was the obvious choice to replace Vertonghen

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Wimmer was the obvious choice to replace Vertonghen

Kevin Wimmer stepped in for Jan Vertonghen successfully and I seem to have been in the minority in believing he would step in for him again instead of Ben Davies.

Fans and journalists alike don't seem to look at the bigger picture. As a coach you have to. Danny Rose simply can't play every game, he needs a rest. He left the Etihad stadium on Saturday in a leg brace!

He is OK by the way, he was moving around freely on the plane to Barcelona. The point is though, we try to rotate our full-backs when there are two games a week because they get a lot of work. If Ben Davies were playing at centre-back, he would be able to cover for left-back and as we saw against Chelsea, Kevin Wimmer is no left-back.

It made much more sense to draft him in and have Ben Davies play in the FA Cup, cover for Rose and in February play in the UEFA Europa League. We get the best from both players instead of stretching our squad to perhaps breaking point.

Last season when Wimmer came in our defence he played 16 games for Vertonghen and we conceded 14 goals, 5 of those against Borussia Dortmund. He does tend to get booked too much and usually in the first half. On Saturday it was very early in the game and he was taken off at half-time.

“It’s not the first time I had this situation. I train every day and learn a lot from the other guys, from Toby and Jan especially. I always try to look at what they do and when I get my chances, I try to copy them a little bit. Of course I try to do my best but it’s not easy when you don’t play every week. You always have to be ready as a footballer — and I am. 
“It’s not a good feeling when any of our players are injured, especially if it’s a bad injury. Jan is a strong guy, his mind is strong and he is always positive. Everyone hopes he will be back soon. With Toby, too, I think the injury is not too bad but it’s never good when such important players get injured. 
“A few weeks ago when we had two days off, I went to Cologne to see friends because I’m still in touch with them. I had a very good time there but this caused a problem because I was seen there and there were some discussions. But there was never a point when I thought about leaving. I feel very comfortable here and I never thought about going back to Germany.”


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Davies might get the nod for the City game

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Jan Vertonghen has been exceptional this season

We can not hide the fact that losing everpresent Belgian Jan Vertonghen for up to 3 months is a big blow, but Kevin Wimmer was an able deputy last season and he played successfully in a back three against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier in the season.

Jan Vertonghen to miss:
Manchester City (A) 
Sunderland (A) 
Middlesbrough (H) 
Liverpool (A) 
Stoke City (H) 
Everton (H) 
Crystal Palace (A) 
Southampton (H) 
Burnley (A)

We saw him in the last game bringing the ball out of defence against WBA and stepping into midfield or occasionally venturing forward to have 3 attempts on goal. He made 64 passes with a success rate of 92.2%. Mousa Dembele would drop back to cover each time he went forward.

The options seem to be, change the system to two centre-backs or deploy Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies in the Vertonghen role. Mauricio Pochettino explained after the game that Spurs would not be venturing into the transfer market as a result of the injury because Davies and Wimmer could both play there and we still have Cameron Carter-Vickers as cover.

It would seem therefore that we will be sticking with a back three, so who is going to be first-choice and play against Manchester City at the weekend?

Is Kevin Wimmer comfortable enough on the ball to bring it out of defence or is he a more stay at home defender?

Wimmer stands 1.87m (6ft 2in) tall, Davies 1.80m (5ft 11in) so remembering how we targetted César Azpilicueta against Chelsea because of his height (1.78m - 5ft 10in) could this be a factor in who we select to play against teams who hold an aerial threat.

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Will Ben Davies replace Jan Vertonghen?

A poll on Twitter was overwhelmingly in favour of the 24-year-old (25 in November) Austrian, however this weekend City are a ground based team so might Ben Davies just get the nod.



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Davies or Wimmer?

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Jan Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury when he twisted it stretching to try and keep the ball in play, how serious it is and how long he will be out is too early to say Pochettino told us after the game.

“It looks bad for Jan. We need to wait to assess him better on Sunday or Monday. He is very disappointed.”

That means if we retain the back three there is a clear choice between Ben Davies who plays the role for Wales or Kevin Wimmer who is the left-footed backup to Jan Vertonghen. Jamie Redknapp and Thiery Henry were both working as pundits for Sky and they were talking about Ben Davies playing the role, they didn't even mention Kevin Wimmer.

Wimmer played in the system against Arsenal and with the Europa League starting in February Davies might well be needed to rotate with Danny Rose, that could affect any decision to play Davies in a back three. We would surely be looking for continuity of selection at the back so perhaps Wimmer will get the nod in a weeks time


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Koln all but confirm Wimmer will not be leaving Spurs

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The sporting director of FC Koln, Jörg Schmadtke has been on holiday in the Caribbean during the winter break clubs in Europe have and spoke to German magazine Kicker on his return.

The conversation confirms there has been nothing official from the Bundesliga side and that the press have merely been speculating because Wimmer visited his former club and had a friendly chat. The German press were reporting that he was virtually signing for them, which as you can read below was never the case. It isn't only the British press who invent scenarios that peddle as the truth.

Extract from the Kicker article:

Question: 1. FC Köln to have a concrete interest in Kevin Wimmer.
Schmadtke: That's what I read.
Q. Is that right or not?
Schmadtke: Kevin was there, the situation at Spurs is not so great for him. But it is not that Tottenham had prevented anything. We did not start an official request to Tottenham that we wanted the player. The story, as I have read it, is not correct in its entirety. If he had wanted to change, we would certainly have talked about it.
Question: So the thing has done?
Schmadtke: Today, yes (laughs).
Q. When you say that Tottenham would have prevented anything, the lack of change was that Wimmer currently not want to FC? Or were there other reasons?
Schmadtke: The reason was that there was no request from us at Tottenham.
Question: With the players you have but spoken?
Schmadtke: Yes, he was visiting us. Since we are talking to him, of course, because he is a former player of the 1. FC Cologne. We talk with former players about their situation because we are tracking them. Then you ask: How do you feel, what perspective do you have, what thoughts do you have? From this the journalists make a simultaneous contract talk. This was a friendly conversation in which you listen. More was not.
Question: Was it so that there is no occasion was after this conversation with Kevin Wimmer from your perspective, to make an inquiry to Tottenham?
Schmadtke: It's getting complicated. Maybe it's the jet lag. So I'm not saying anything wrong, again: we have not asked. Point.










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Kevin Wimmer staying at Spurs

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Well, this does seem very strange timing, loaning Kevin Wimmer back to FC Koln for the remainder of the season. Multiple sources from Germany, including Kicker magazine suggest this is now a done deal basically and will be finalised by the weekend.

Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen both failed to avoid picking up yellow cards and miss the trip to Watford on. Will the Austrian be allowed to play in that game, normally when a deal is imminent the player doesn't play to avoid any injuries.

I'd be amazed if this were true, everything I have heard says he is going nowhere until the summer and then his situation will be discussed. Toby Alderweireld has to recover from his virus, Jan Vertonghen could get a retrospective ban for his hand in the face of Rodriguez. Personally, I don't see that the authorities can do anything, especially after Fonte dived in with studs showing and both feet off the floor. That's a straight red card as he isn't in control of the challenge.

There is too much uncertainty to loan him out at the moment surely. There is a UEFA Europa League campaign to come as well.

Perhaps Cameron Carter-Vickers has been showing up well in training and we are going to show more faith in him, perhaps we have a centre-half lined up, unlikely though. There is a story in the Sun that we are interested in 33-year-old (34 next February) Real Madrid centre-back Pepe.

Until I hear to the contrary, I'll stick to the belief he isn't going anywhere.




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Wimmer likely to stay until the summer

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I think we all know Kevin Wimmer may be leaving Spurs in the summer, he simply doesn't play enough games and Cameron Carter-Vickers will have had a years experience training every day with the first team squad. He'll be a year older, a year wiser and far more ready to take over the role Wimmer now has.

There have been rumours of interest from Germany since last summer and once again ahead of a new window we hear of Borussia Dortmund watching his situation with interest. They are not the only ones interested though, Wolfsburg and Southampton are understood to have made tentative enquiries as to whether he may be made available in the future.

Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to sell a backup centre-back while we have UEFA Europa League commitments, especially when you take into account his comments about player fatigue perhaps being an issue at the end of this season.


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A plain daft suggestion

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Transfer Tavern have been at their nutty best again suggesting that Kevin Wimmer should be loaned out in January because we have Cameron Carter-Vickers, who hasn't played in the Premier League and Eric Dier, who has shown lapses against top quality opposition.

What happens if Victor Wanyama gets an injury and Eric Dier has to play in midfield? Then defensively we are stretched very thin and in trouble. Why don't people think things through before writing this drivel.

We would have to buy a defender to provide cover for a few months because it is possible for two central defenders to be injured at the same time and as a manager you have to take into account all possibilities and have contingency plans. A plan to weaken us in a crucial area is plain daft.

Their other suggestion is loaning out Tom Carroll. Why, he isn't a good enough player to remain at Tottenham. We gave him a contract so he would have a transfer fee, even Harry Winks is above him in the pecking order. Sell him and raise some cash. Still, at least unlike the Wimmer suggestion this one has some logic behind it.



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Wimmer to return to Germany in January?

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With the success of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer has hardly got a look in. He stood in for Jan Vertonghen when he was injured last season and did very well but he is left footed so when Alderweireld was injured Pochettino wanted a right-footer to replace him and that task went to Eric Dier.

Against Arsenal in the North London Derby recently Pochettino switched to a back three and Wimmer had a good game as one of them. His future at Tottenham, though is uncertain as he wants to play more than he is.

German paper Sport Bild report that Borussia Mönchengladbach are interested in him and want to bring him back to Germany in January. Whether Pochettino would be prepared to let him go in January is another matter as a left-footed replacement would have to be found. Ben Davies can't really cover the role if he is rotating with Danny Rose at left back.
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Wimmer blew his chance

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Mauricio Pochettino left Kevin Wimmer out of the 18 for the Bayer Leverkusen match and questioned the standards of the media.

"Why are you confused? You are creating an issue that doesn't exist. You say it's a big problem for the supporters and media are very concerned. His situation was (he was) out of the 18 players. I need to take a decision about that. 
"When did I tell you he wasn't in my plans? I'm very honest with you. When a player is not in my plans, I tell you quickly but first I tell the player. He's in my plans. 
"When I put him on the bench, another player needs to be put out. Tell me which player you'd switch with him?"

That sums up the big problem we have with the media in this country and indeed websites reporting Tottenham news. They want to create a drama or a crisis out of nothing. You can't put two centre-backs on the bench and Cameron Carter-Vickers has more potential than Wimmer, who is very left-footed.

When you are given a start, you have to grab the opportunity, that's what winners do. Yet Wimmer was poor last night, outperformed by Carter-Vickers, fully justifying Pochettino's decision to prefer the American youngster born in England.

If you are gonna give it big about not playing, make sure you turn up when given the chance!

Kevin Wimmer summoning his inner Clad Chirices with that performance tonight

Also, what on earth happened to Kevin Wimmer? Looked a shadow of the player he was last season 😕

Kevin Wimmer has proved tonight Poch knows best. Been so far off the mark, very disappointing performance from him

Got to admire Kevin Wimmer's dedication to wanting out of Spurs

Remember when Kevin Wimmer was really good? I preferred that.





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Why Wimmer will not cover for Alderweireld

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Tottenham will look to Eric Dier to step into the Toby Alderweireld position on the right-hand side of the centre-back pairing because he is right-footed.

Fans calling for Kevin Wimmer have totally missed the fact he is left-footed and thus would be called upon to keep using his wrong foot thus maximising the chances of an error. You see it all the time, players go for the ball with the wrong foot and while it may be only a small point to some, it is an important one for a team challenging at the top.

Every little detail and edge matters and when he was bought Pochettino felt he could develop into an excellent centre-back, despite him having to cover at right-back. Since then he has moved into the defensive midfield position he played at Sporting rather successfully.

Cameron Carter-Vickers who is learning his trade will get his next game against Liverpool in the League Cup at Anfield on 25 October I expect.



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Training, Njie, Chadli, Wimmer

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Tottenham have begun pre-season training!

Arsenal, it seems, have made an enquiry for Clinton Njie and Tottenham have said no they can't have him according to L'Equipe. How many more of our players do they want to make enquiries about, they must be frightened.

Swansea City are the team Nacer Chadl turned down a loan move to in 2014, now they want to sign him permanently, but they have no European football and he could easily join a club that has so why would he entertain such a move? Answer, he won't and nor will we no doubt.

Kevin Wimmer called his parents after signing a new contract and hopes he can stay at such a big club for a long time.

“I’m delighted that I was able to sign a new contract to stay five more years with the club. It’s a big pleasure for me, it makes me very happy and it’s a dream come true that I can stay so long with such a big club. I called my mum and dad and of course they are also very happy. 
"It’s special for them because they know we always work hard, we train every day and the season is very long. They are delighted and very happy for me that I could sign a new contract and they are also very proud. 
“People say we all have good mentalities here at the club – the people are very nice and we are like a big family. Everybody likes each other and I was welcomed very well by everyone when I joined last season so it’s a big pleasure for me to play for a big club like this.”

Read the full interview on the Spurs website.



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Wimmer earn himself a new contract

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Wimmer earn himself a new contract

Tottenham continue our policy of tying down players to longer contracts. While the media incorrectly try to tell us that we are offering this player or that player a new contract to ward off interest from this club or that club, Tottenham simply have a club policy they invoke.

Players are not usually signed on high wages, especially young players. They are signed into a wage structure with a progression path. If you produce the goods you move up to the next rung on the ladder. We have seen it time and time again.

Kevim Wimmer is the latest to have signed a new deal and Eric Dier is naturally being offered a wage increase for signing a new long-term contract. That has nothing to do with interest from Bayern Munich or anyone else and everything to do with having an exceptional season.

Kevin Wimmer will be starting the season at centre-back alongside Toby Alderweireld barring injuries, something that befell Jan Vertobghen at the 2016 European Championships this summer. He stepped up to the plate when he got his chance last season and showed he was a good back-up to Vertonghen and that will allow us to rotate with confidence.



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Wimmer and Alderweireld to start the season

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Wimmer and Alderweireld to start the season

I spoke previously about these major tournaments in the summer and hoped that with so many players involved, we had 11 at the European Championships as well as Lamela and Yedlin at the Copa America, that didn't pick up any injuries.

Jan Vertonghen has though and will be out of action for two months after tearing ankle ligaments which will disrupt his pre-season and and ensure he misses the start of the new season.Kevin Wimmer will get his chance to establish himself once again and given his performances we can have no worries for the games against

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13/08/2016    15:00    Everton (a)
20/08/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)
27/08/2016    15:00    Liverpool (h)
25/08/2016    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW
29/08/2016    INTERNATIONAL BREAK

Asyou see we have three games in August, against both Merseyside teams and Crystal Palace. Wimmer did pick up a few bookings last season, having said that alook at his record shows he actually only picked up 2 yellow cards in 10 Premier League games, 1 in 6 Europa League games, 0 in 4 FA Cup games and 0 in 1 League Cup game.

Belgian manager Mark Wilmots explained how he injury happened during one of his training sessions to a gathered press conference.

“I am going to explain everything to you. I blew the whistle to stop the training session and he went down. As he controlled the ball with left foot, he turned his ankle. He had a scan here at Lille and he has torn two of three external ligaments in his ankle. That means his European Championship is over. 
“I am not going to talk about a tragedy because there’s a lot more tragic things in life than that, but it’s a sporting tragedy for him, if you will, because he was a very important player for us. 
“Mentally and physically, he really was completely fit. He had a lot of desire and unfortunately fate decided that on a certain movement that he would do 10,000 times, on that specific movement his ankle turned and tore his ligament. 
“That’s exactly what happened so I can tell you he is out for the remainder of the tournament. Based on our forecast, it should be between six and eight weeks [recovery time]. He suffered the same injury three or four months ago and I think he took six weeks to come back from the injury. It all depends on everything with regards to his rehabilitation. 
“We’ve got in touch with Mr Pochettino and the Spurs doctor to see how he will receive treatment in due course.”
We will now have to keep our fingers crossed that Toby Alderweireld doesn't pick up an injury, at least our five England players will now be having a rest and a holiday ahead of the start of their pre-season training, which befins for the rest today.



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Wimmer makes Austrian Euro 2016 squad

4:30 pm
The coach of the Austrian national team, Marcel Koller , has announced the squad for the European Championship to be held from June 10 to July 10 in France and it contains three Premier League players including our very own Kevin Wimmer.

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The promising centre-back had to wait for his chance but he took it with aplomb when Jan Vertonghen was injured. He seamlessly slotted into the centre of defence alongside Toby Alderweireld which augers well for next season. The only slight concern was the number of yellow cards he picked up, particularly early in games, it's something teams could prey upon.

The Austrian squad list contains 24 names, with a player to be cut by the 31 May deadline, the day Austria play a friendly in Klagenfurt against Malta. 

The Euro 2016 opponents Wimmer will face in the group stages are: Portugal, Hungary and Iceland.

This squad list is:
Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Wien), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Özcan (Ingolstadt)

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), György Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prödl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer ( Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Monaco), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Lucerne), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Valentino Lazaro ( Salzburg), marcel sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke 04)

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (Monaco 1860), Marc Janko (Basel)

Reserves : Daniel Bachmann (Stoke City), Andreas Lukse (Altach); Stefan Lainer (Salzburg), Andreas Lienhart (SCR Altach), Michael Madl (Fulham), Emanuel Pogatetz (FC Union Berlin), Andreas Ulmer (Salzburg); Guido Burgstaller (Nuremberg), Florian Grillitsch (Werder Bremen), Andreas Ivanschitz (Seattle Sounders), Florian Kainz (Rapid Vienna), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Yasin Pehlivan (Salzburg), Louis Schaub (Rapid Vienna), Michael Gregoritsch (Hamburg ), Karim Onisiwo (Mainz).


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An important barrier crossed for Wimmer

8:00 pm
Kevin Wimmer passed his test on Sunday against a top line attacker and a top Premier League team. He was bought from Germany with a reputation that had him among future stars. 

He was expected to develop into a high-class centre-back, it's why we bought him. He fitted in with our player strategy, buy young players who can develop into high-class performers. It makes me laugh when discussing strikers and you hear Spurs fans suggesting players like Charlie Austin or Shame Long. They are limited, they are never going to be high-class strikers, in which case they are not good enough for us.

We bought Federico Fazio after Hector Moreno broke his leg. At 28, Moreno is too old now and Fazio, who has won two UEFA Europa League cups made far too many mistakes. He wasn't what we had hoped so we are moving him on. Kevin Wimmer then steps up to the plate.

Quite why people were suggesting that Eric Dier moved back to centre-back when Jan Vertonghen was injured I don't know. He has been brilliant as a defensive midfielder so why change your midfield and your defence when you have a centre-back waiting to play? I wrote that was folly at the time, you have to trust the players you have bought to do their job.

Wimmer has had an introduction against some mid-table sides before his big test. Pochettino talked after the game that this win meant more than three points to his side. It did, it cemented belief that they can go on and win the title, it cemented belief that we can go anywhere and win. Belief is everything, everything stems from belief, without belief success is impossible.

It drives motivation and, therefore, drives work, that drives achievement with fuels the belief. For the team, for the club, it was a great win, but for Kevin Wimmer it was great win too. He crossed a barrier, he was tried against the best and he came through, his personal confidence will have been boosted and the fans will have more confidence in him. The last thing he needed was negative fans. We have our share, we sit two points off the top of the table in second and there are still people who want the man that has taken us there to be removed.

Toby Alderweireld has shown himself to be the best centre-back in the Premier League this season. He has formed a sound partnership with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen and now Wimmer has slotted seamlessly alongside him. He has not only proved to the supporters he can play at the level we require, but he has proven it to his fellow squad members, they can now have enhanced faith in him. It cements that belief once again.

That is crucial for his own game, he doesn't have to worry about his partner, which can cause errors. The side can afford no passengers, Wimmer showed he was no passenger and it means next season Pochettino can rotate defenders for various competitions if needed.

If Jan Vertonghem and Toby Alderweireld played in the Premier League, then Kevin Wimmer should lead the defence in all cup competitions and the UEFA Europa League. Presumably, Cameron Carter-Vickers will be the fourth choice centre-back next season and the group games of the Europa League offer an opportunity to give him game time and develop him.

The game today is a squad game, it isn't a team game anymore. Usually, 14 players are used and Pochettino uses substitutions t give players that extra little bit of rest. It takes 24 hours for the body to recover from a full 90 minutes game, taking a player off after 60 or 70 minutes reduces their recovery time and keeps them fresher.

The full-backs are rotated, we can now say we have three centre-backs, a variety of midfield players who can change positions. The squad is slowly being pieced together, a striker is next this summer.

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