COMMENT by Emma Sanders
Kevin Wimmer has been frozen out by Tottenham in a difficult start to his second season at the club.
But he should be brought in from the cold by Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night and start Spurs’ Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Austrian international has struggled to get any game time so far this campaign, making just one appearance in the EFL cup against Gillingham in September.
The 23 year-old could be given a chance to shine as Tottenham face Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday evening after Pochettino’s side travelled to Germany without centre-back mainstay Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgian ace picked up a knee injury and will miss the crucial European tie and the match represents the perfect opportunity for Wimmer to stake his claim.
Wimmer tweeted a picture of him smiling with young starlet, John Onomah on Monday evening as the Spurs’ squad landed in Germany to prepare for the fixture and is seemingly excited about the possibility of making an appearance.
— Kevin Wimmer (@kevinwimmer27) October 17, 2016
The defender has made just ten league appearances since joining from Cologne in 2014 but filled in for the injured Jan Vertonghen last season and made a strong impression.
He then signed a new five year contract in July, which demonstrated Pochettino’s faith.
— Kevin Wimmer (@kevinwimmer27) July 21, 2016
However, if Wimmer is overlooked for out-of-form Eric Dier on Tuesday evening, he can be excused for feeling disappointed.
The England international is relatively untested in the centre-back role and has struggled to hit the ground running this season.
Wimmer has proven on occasions in the past when called upon, that he is a composed defender and should be given the nod on Tuesday evening.
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