From: FC Koln
Fee: £4.25 million
Why have Spurs signed him?
The Spurs defence was extremely leaky in the 2014-15 campaign, conceding 53 goals, more than any of the other top 10 sides. That lack of defensive stability ultimately prevented them from challenging for the Champions League. Too often Mauricio Pochettino’s full-backs were caught out of position, which allowed the opposition to get in behind the defence. Kevin Wimmer can play anywhere in the back four and is more defence-minded than some of his colleagues, resisting the urge to attack. Although this means less impetus down the flanks, Wimmer could provide the stability that Tottenham crave.
Will he be a good capture?
Shortlisted for the Bundesliga team of the season, Wimmer seems to have all the qualities necessary to cut it in England. The 23-year-old adapted well to the German top flight last term after 1. FC Koln’s promotion, and that ability to rise to the challenge stands him in good stead ahead of his debut Premier League campaign. The Austrian will be up against some of the quickest and most physical players in the world. However, the he has shown great strength and sprint speed so far in his career so should be able to cope. He is also very comfortable on the ball and is defensively superb. One thing he will need to add though, if he is to claim a regular spot in the team, is to enhance his ability to attack with the ball.