Wimmer: This is why it was easy replacing Vertonghen in Tottenham side
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Kevin Wimmer has revealed it was “easy” replacing Jan Vertonghen in the Tottenham because the team was so well drilled.
Wimmer, 23, has played in all 15 of Spurs’ matches since Vertonghen suffered knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace in late January.
The Belgium international had established an excellent partnership with his countryman Toby Alderweireld in the first half of the season but Spurs’ had maintained their superb defensive record since Wimmer took over as the left-sided centre-back.
Tottenham have conceded just 25 Premier League goals from 32 matches this season and on Sunday will come up against Manchester United, the team who have the second best defensive record in the division with 27 conceded.
Since Wimmer replaced Vertonghen, Spurs have let in 14 goals in 15 games in all competitions, and just six in nine Premier League matches.
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“I’m very proud things went like this,” Wimmer told Spurs TV. “It was easy for me to come into this team because I knew them before already and I trained every time with them.
“For me personally, it has been perfect the way things went the last few weeks, the last few months and I’m very happy that I could help the team with my performances.”
Vertonghen is on the comeback trail and manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed that the Belgian was to be assessed on Saturday before being given the green light to return to the squad.
Given that the Belgian has not played in two-and-a-half months, Wimmer is set to once against partner Alderweireld on Sunday as second-placed Spurs aim to keep up the pressure on leaders Leicester.
“Jan and Toby, of course, are some of the best defenders in the Premier League and for me it was always good to see them in training, learn things and also watch them in the games and see what they are doing.
“For me, that was very important and that has helped a lot in the last few weeks. Hopefully I can keep it up like this and improve more and more.”
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the latest on his future at the club.