By Alex Stevens
Kevin Wimmer was subbed at half-time in Tottenham’s 2-2 Premier League draw against Manchester City on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.
Mauricio Pochettino recalled the Austria international in place of the injured Jan Vertonghen for the thrilling clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Spurs, who initially stuck with the 3-5-2 formation that has served them so well in recent weeks, were ripped apart in the first half but somehow went into the break with the score at 0-0.
Wimmer, who had picked up a booking in the opening period, was withdrawn at half-time by Pochettino as the manager reverted to a flat back four and brought on Son Heung-Min.
City responded by taking a two-goal lead early in the second half through strikes from Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne.
But Spurs ensured there was a share of the points by showing the fortitude and resilience to come from behind, with goals from Dele Alli and Son.
One of the main taking points was the performance of Wimmer, and supporters on social media had no hesitation in destroying the 24-year-old.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Is it time to accept Wimmer isn’t up to it? Sell him now and replace? #COYS
— mark haslam (@markhaslam1979) January 21, 2017
And why diddnt Poch start Son from the beginning, Wimmer is absolutely pants #COYS
— Brad (@brad_nb) January 21, 2017
Wimmer can’t play at this level. He’s been terrible. #COYS
— Ryan Tarpley (@tarps3) January 21, 2017
— AllenW (@allenwang7) January 21, 2017
You know it’s going bad when Poch makes a h-t sub. Son on for Wimmer. Hopefully they won’t be expecting that & we can catch them out #coys
— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) January 21, 2017
— 1% Left (@MrDredfull) January 21, 2017
Good sub. Wimmer having a mare. Change the formation! #COYS
— WIN NEW IPHONE7 PLUS (@giveawayskoot) January 21, 2017
— Eric Dier Facts (@EricDierFacts) January 21, 2017
Wimmer joined Tottenham from Bundesliga outfit Koln in the summer of 2015 and made a good impression as the back up to established pair Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld last season.
But he has slipped down the pecking order this season and made just eight appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.