Tottenham’s transfer deadline day attempts to offload Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches ultimately proved fruitless, but the pair will almost certainly be moved on in the summer as Mauricio Pochettino plans to refurbish his backline.
With the unwanted duo on the way out, a search has already started as to who they will replace them with and little-known centre-half Kevin Wimmer sits at the top of their shortlist.
According to reports in the Sunday People, Spurs – 3/1 to follow up their north London derby success with victory over Liverpool next – were hoping to construct a deal for the FC Koln stopper before the transfer window closed if one of Kaboul or Chiriches was sold.
Interest will be reignited once the summer shopping season is underway, but what will Wimmer offer the White Hart Lane club?
A 22-year-old Austria Under-21 international, the youngster has played every minute of Koln’s Bundesliga campaign so far, overseeing a third successive clean sheet against SC Paderborn last time out.
Proficient in the air, Wimmer wins 3.1 aerial duels per outing on average, a figure that dwarves the 1.8 Kaboul has clocked up so far.
With just 1.2 tackles and 1.6 interceptions recorded the Lilywhites’ target rates similarly, in a statistical perspective, to Spurs’ top centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgian’s defensive means in these metrics read 1.6 and 2.1 respectively, while his 6.8 clearances per match figure is akin to the 5.7 his potential understudy has registered.
Ball retention, however, is an area where the Austrian must improve.
He plays a high 54.3 passes per match on average, though only 75% of these find their mark.
Contrast this to Vertonghen, who makes fewer passes – a mean of 41.3 – but hits his target with much improved accuracy of 86.7%.
In Pochettino’s possession focused modus operandi a keen ball playing centre-back is a must and while Wimmer definitely has potential, he is far from the finished article who’ll be instantly able to command a place in the Spurs side.