Tottenham have announced Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer as their first signing of the summer, luring him out of the Bundesliga with a five-year contract at White Hart Lane.
Offering a deal of this length suggests Spurs regard the 22-year-old as the man to marshal their defence for many a season, but his arrival must spell bad news for plenty who share the very same aspirations.
A price of 17/20 says the bedrock of Cologne’s relegation dodging team of 2014/15 makes more than 4.5 Premier League starts next term and the potential landing of this bet promises reduced game time and possible sales of these Lilywhites squad staples.
Despite being appointed club captain by Mauricio Pochettino, the French stopper, in a bizarre twist of fate, was barely selected by the Argentine.
Just 11 Premier League appearances were all the former Portsmouth man was afforded and he hasn’t been seen sporting Spurs white since mid-January.
An extra body in the centre-back department almost certainly means the end is nigh for Kaboul in north London.
After what has been a decent season for the England youngster, Wimmer’s arrival will undoubtedly be met with frustration.
A centre-back by trade, Dier was forced to fill in at right-back for a large portion of the previous season, despite his protestations against being utilised in such a manner.
Increasing the competition in his favoured position distinctly diminishes his hopes of cementing a spot at the heart of the backline next season.
The chances of ‘The Impaler’ remaining at the Lane even if a new centre-back wasn’t signed this summer were slim; his goose is definitely cooked.
But Wimmer’s signing doesn’t just bring bad news, there are a couple who’ll be elated at the German’s arrival.
A defender cast in the same mould as the Belgian behemoth, the former Cologne kingpin’s conscription to the Lilywhites’ cause means Vertonghen is now free to finally join Barcelona.
Argentine colossus Fazio is a freakish force in the air, but his tree-like stature has left him lacking in the speed department.
This issue does not afflict Wimmer, meaning he’ll relieve the former Sevilla man of having to chase fast forwards.