It is getting really frustrating for the Tottenham fans this summer. There are no signs of players joining the club – barring the usual noises around Ross Barkley – while our squad members are courted by competitors.
The latest to join this bandwagon of ‘interest from outside’ is Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer. According to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung (h/t Sport Witness), the 24-year-old centre-back is the subject of a £20million offer from Southampton. Spurs seem to have rejected the offer.
Wimmer joined White Hart Lane in the summer of 2015 from FC Koln but hasn’t been able to break into the first team. With just four Premier League appearances last season, it is safe to say that Wimmer is not a regular in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
With 2018 World Cup in Russia on the horizon, Wimmer would want to play regularly to book his place in the Austrian squad. However, staying at Spurs may not be the answer to that.
St. Mary’s seems to be the perfect destination considering the transfer drama around their own centre-back Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch defender is sulking over a transfer to Liverpool which, if and when it happens, should leave a slot open in the first team.
But, Spurs are not ready to let Wimmer leave this summer…
This decision has nothing to do with the transfer fees or Wimmer suddenly becoming indispensable. With no defender signed yet, Tottenham would be left with a rookie on the bench in 19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers if Wimmer leaves.
Such is the depth at the club, that Pochettino would not want Wimmer to leave before any defender joins the club. Chances are that the defender would insist on moving away, so it is better if Pochettino goes around looking for a replacement.
Should we say more on why we need the club to switch on in the transfer market, at least now? There is very little time left for the start of the season and the transfer window to close. Unless we start picking players from the market, next season looks long and hard!