COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Kevin Wimmer has played just one league match for Tottenham this season, as he came in to face fierce rivals Arsenal and he could be set for another London clash against Chelsea.
The 24-year-old Austria international put the ball in his own net against the Gunners in the 1-1 draw, but received little criticism as it was seen as a ball that he had to get a touch on in order to stop what should have been a certain goal anyway with several attackers looming.
Now the north London club have been hit with a crisis at the back with Danny Rose suspended in the league and Ben Davies also out injured.
This means that usual centre-back Jan Vertonghen may have to move out wide to a full-back position with centre-back Toby Alderweireld also unlikely to feature due to injury.
This has presented Wimmer with the perfect opportunity to step into the line-up in their next league match against Chelsea and stake a claim in the side to earn more time on the pitch.
The former Cologne man who joined in the summer of 2015 stepped in for Vertonghen after he suffered a long-term injury last season and performed admirably at the back.
Wimmer started every Premier League fixture between February 2 to April 2 in the last campaign in the Belgian’s absence and the north London side conceded just six goals in nine matches.
Now given the current form of Chelsea’s attack, which includes a fit and firing Diego Costa and a rejuvenated Eden Hazard, Wimmer will have to be playing at the top of his game.
However, if last season is anything to go by then he is more than capable of stepping into the back four helping the club to maintain their strong defensive record as well as their unbeaten league run.
In other Tottenham news, this 20-year-old should start against Monaco.