By Tony Hughes
Kevin Wimmer made a costly mistake during Austria’s 1-0 defeat against Ireland on Saturday evening – and Tottenham fans blamed his unfamiliar role.
The Spurs centre-back started the World Cup qualifier in the left-back position and gave up possession easily to put Ireland on the counter which led to James McClean’s matchwinning goal.
The 23-year-old, who was handed his sixth senior cap on Saturday, is used to playing at centre-back for Spurs and former club Cologne.
There was some sympathy from Spurs supporters that Wimmer was being played out of position, although most accepted that his error was unacceptable.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Wimmer is a decent enough centre half but he’s definitely not a left back!
— Scott Reynolds (@scottrey2906) November 12, 2016
Wimmer atrocious tonight for Austria. .now I understand,Pochettino.
— KIERAN SPURSLIFE (@gloryglorythfc1) November 12, 2016
Didn’t watch Austria but I didn’t hear too many nice comments about Wimmer
— Festive Noah (@EriksensationaI) November 12, 2016
Was pathetic from Wimmer.
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) November 12, 2016
— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) November 12, 2016
watched replay of goal in press room with austrian journalists. they all groan at wimmer’s flop in the build-up
— Ken Early (@kenearlys) November 12, 2016
Wimmer was selected in a three-man backline alongside Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose pushed forward into wing-back positions, in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend as Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly opted to rejig the Premier League’s meanest defence.
It was Wimmer’s first Premier League appearance since April and only his third appearance for Spurs in all competitions this season.
The Austria international’s two previous matches in 2016-17 had come in the League Cup, against Gillingham and Liverpool.
Wimmer had an impressive match against the Gunners last Sunday but became the second player to score an own goal in a north London derby, after ex-Tottenham striker Chris Armstrong in March 2000.
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