– Born in Wels,Austria
– Position:Centre back
– Kevin was awarded his first senior cap for Austria against USA in 2013
– Previous clubs: FC Köln and LASK Linz
– His first sporting passion was skiing and he won junior ski races.
Since arriving in north London from FC Köln last summer for a fee of £4.3 million pounds, the Austrian internationals game time had been limited to cup games. However, the 24 year old was thrown right in to the mix after the unfortunate injury of fellow key performer Jan Vertonghen in our recent match at Crystal Palace, and since Vertonghen’s injury Kevin Wimmer’s presence in the defence has been immense. With his excellent long ball passing and utterly complete defensive displays, Wimmer possesses all the key attributes that a top class centre back has. In addition his composure and intelligence are of the highest quality, as well as his decisiveness,his interceptions and challenges exhibit the sheer class the Austrian has. Although Wimmer’s natural position is at centre back he can also play at left back, with his physical presence and pace he is hard to shrug off the ball.A prime example of this was against Watford where the inform striker Odion Igalho was unable to get a shot on goal as Wimmer expertly dealt with the striker, overwhelming him with his strength and superb positioning.
Wimmer doesn’t try and be too clever whilst he has the ball at his feet he plays it away from danger or puts a searching long ball forward to the attack, his style of play in fact is similar to his teammate Toby Alderweireld and they follow the main principles of defence. The slightly older and more experienced Alderweireld will provide Kevin with an invaluable influence as it will contribute heavily to his development. It will be intriguing to see how Wimmer faces up against the wizardry of Sergio Aguero in next weeks clash against Man City,the Austrian is definitely capable of controlling Aguero and limiting his opportunities however hard it may be. The 6 foot 1 inch defender may turn out to be one of our best signings in years, he has fantastic technical abilities that will continue to grow, and he’s at the best club for his development and future successes, he is yet another excellent signing that Pochettino has made, and our defence is looking as solid as can be. Furthermore the Austrian’s form and rise up the ranks will probably cement his place in Austria’s squad for Euro 2016.
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