By Will Butcher
Tottenham fans have reacted with surprise on Twitter after Mauricio Pochettino decided to give Kevin Wimmer his first Premier League start of the season against Arsenal.
The Austria international has failed to feature from the off this season in the league, but Pochettino has decided to throw him in at the deep end.
It comes after questionable performances from England international Eric Dier at the heart of the Spurs defence, who has been moved to his more recognisable role at the base of Tottenham’s midfield.
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld is yet to recover from a knee injury despite hopes that he might make the North London derby, so 23-year-old Wimmer is given his chance alongside Jan Vertonghen.
Tottenham fans are shocked on Twitter, with many worried that the selection of Wimmer could prove costly as he is thrown into a baptism of fire.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Huge faith restored in Wimmer for today – could struggle with their pace though. Interesting line-up with Dembele in the pocket. #COYS
— George Lacey (@GeorgeLacey_) November 6, 2016
Wimmer is the interesting call. Looked off the pace at Anfield.
— Tom Collomosse (@TomCStandard) November 6, 2016
Wimmer who was oddly cast aside plays his first PL game this season #COYS
— Grown Man (@realdealdanny) November 6, 2016
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) November 6, 2016
Wow, a genuine Wimmer sighting! Never thought I'd see the day!
— Aaron Drinkbeer (@Drinkbeer23) November 6, 2016
Wimmer to get torn apart. Eriksen to go missing. Wanyama to get sent off. #NorthLondonDerby
— H Pork (@HPork19) November 6, 2016
Wimmer better step up today like
— Callum Buchan (@callumbuchan94) November 6, 2016
Fancy Arsenal to run riot against Spurs. Wimmer at the back & an unfit Kane up front for Spurs won't do them any favours. Sanchez to sparkle
— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) November 6, 2016
Spurs will be looking to end a dismal run of form that has seen them fail to win in the past six league and cup encounters.
A win for the North London giants against their arch enemies could see them move to within two points of league leaders Manchester City after they drew against Middlesbrough.
In other Tottenham news, this is the confirmed Tottenham lineup to face Arsenal.