By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Kevin Wimmer has admitted he is having a “difficult” time at Tottenham despite being told he’s the future of their defence.

Wimmer joined Spurs in the summer of 2015 as cover for first-choice centre-back pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

He stepped in impressively in the second half of last season when Vertonghen was sidelined by knee ligament damage.

The Austria international made 10 appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham last season but is yet to play a single minute of their league campaign this term.

Indeed, his only appearance for the club this season has been in the League Cup against third-tier minnows Gillingham.

One factor for Pochettino suffering frustration under manager Mauricio Pochettino has been a hamstring injury that sidelined him in the early weeks of the campaign.

“After last season, where I played towards the end quite frequently, I’m already down on other expectations for this season,” Wimmer said to Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung.

“That (the injury I had) has taken me back a bit. It is difficult at the moment but I am patiently waiting for my chance. I try to always stay positive.

“The feedback from the club is always that they are very happy; that they see the future with me. This is very positive, but it is about the here and now.”

In the 23-year-old’s 10 league appearances last season, he completed 90% of his passes but won just a third of his overall duels.

In other Tottenham news, a senior club man is in talks to make a stunning move to France.