Kevin Wimmer has been the forgotten man in Tottenham Hotspur’s back line. The Austrian center back, who has found playing time hard to come by this season, is reportedly being tapped for a possible return to the Bundesliga after being linked with Wolfsburg and Dortmund.
Wimmer was phenomenal in relief of Jan Vertonghen when Verts was out with an injury in the second half of last season, but Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino preferred moving Eric Dier out of midfield to replace the injured Toby Alderweireld this season. Wimmer, a left footed, left sided center back, is seen more as a backup to Jan Vertonghen. He has only five appearances for Spurs this season: the two EFL Cup matches, the loss to Monaco in the Champions League, and two Premier League games, one of them as a left back.
So if you’re Wimmer, you’re probably frustrated as heck right now and looking at your options. Wimmer was a stand-out defender at FC Köln before coming to Tottenham, so a move to the Bundesliga would be logical. Wolfsburg probably needs the help more; they’re languishing in mid-table at the moment.
The Standard also suggests that Southampton might be keeping an eye on Wimmer as they face the prospect of losing Virgil Van Dijk to a bigger club either in January or this summer. However, I strongly doubt that Spurs would be willing to let Wimmer go in January when there are Europa League matches where some rotation is likely.
We’re a long way from anything definitive here — there’s no mention of fees or even concrete interest — but it’s not at all surprising to see Wimmer linked away from the club, and he along with Tom Carroll would be the two players that would be the most likely to make any sort of move.