Kevin Wimmer

Tomo

Supporter
Right looks like a new centre back is coming our way with the Austrian Manager saying its happening, know bugger all about this guy, so just took at look at the ESPN scouting report, no idea either if that's any good. Still good to have more competition in that area if the deal is done which is now looking very likely, not very #Spursy getting our signs done this early. What do you guys think and does anyone know much about him besides youtube and scouting reports, haven't watch enough of the German league to make any conclusions.

Mar 24, 2015
Kevin Wimmer: Commanding centre-back could blossom at Tottenham

Kevin Wimmer has made 25 Bundesliga appearances for Cologne this season.
Background information:
Tottenham Hotspur have what is comfortably the worst defensive record in the top half of the Premier League. With backup options Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches contenders to depart this summer, it is therefore unsurprising that the club have been connected with a number of defensive reinforcements. The firmest link came last week, with reports that they had agreed a deal for Cologne centre-back Kevin Wimmer.
The 22-year-old was born in the city of Wels, in northern Austria, and began his career at the local club FC Edt. At 10 years old, then a striker, he was spotted by a scout from LASK Linz and signed up to their academy. He started in midfield but was then moved back into defence as it became clear that his physical attributes would be best utilised in that position. He penned a professional contract in July 2011 and made his first-team debut that same month.
Wimmer took part in over three quarters of LASK Linz's matches during the 2011-12 season, including 27 starts for the side who finished third in the second division. At the end of the season, Cologne agreed a €250,000 fee to take him to Germany. He took a while to settle in his new surroundings, but the arrival of his compatriot Peter Stoger as head coach ahead of the 2013-14 season saw him eventually become a first-team regular.

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"When I came to the club in 2013, Kevin was a bit overweight, and I didn't have the impression he knew what he should be doing," Stoger said last year. "I told him to work on his body, his passing and his defensive heading." Wimmer did all of those things, and played his part in a successful promotion campaign, built upon the best defensive record in the division. He signed a new contract through to 2019 in February 2014.
The young centre-back has dealt well with the step up to the Bundesliga this season. His performances have attracted the attention of Spurs, who are also said to be keeping a keen eye on Cologne's highly rated goalkeeper Timo Horn. Reports suggest that a fee of between €6-10 million has been agreed between the clubs for Wimmer. Yet to make his first start for Austria, it seems as if England will be Wimmer's next destination.
Style:
Wimmer is a strong and solid left-footed centre-back who does the simple things well and rarely takes unnecessary risks. He positions himself conservatively and trusts that his physical attributes will see him come out on top in one-on-one duels. While he is not averse to clearing his lines when appropriate, he is also capable of coming out of defence with the ball at his feet and providing good passes into opposition territory.
Major strengths:
- Well-built
- A solid, no-nonsense defender
- Decent pace
Major weaknesses:
- Not the best technically
- Concentration can be an issue
Assessment breakdown:
Tackling:
Solid in the tackle and generally times his challenges well. He doesn't engage unless he feels there is a good chance of winning the ball, and it is very rare to see him needlessly overcommit himself. He has won around 81 percent of the tackles he has contested so far this season, while picking up just three yellow cards.
Marking: Usually leaves the close man-to-man marking jobs to his defensive partner Dominic Maroh. While he is generally reasonably attentive to the positioning of opposition forwards, he does have a tendency to switch off at times. In these moments, he can appear unsure of who he should be covering.
Heading: Upon taking charge, Stoger noted that Wimmer was struggling to make best use of his height when competing for the ball in the air. This is something they have worked on together, with the result that the centre-back now wins around 58 percent of his aerial duels. There are, though, still occasions when he is beaten to the ball when he looks favourite to win it, and this is something he will need to continue focusing on.

Kevin Wimmer signed for Cologne from LASK Linz in 2012.
Close control: Possesses a decent first touch for a centre-back of his build, although his control can be a little loose under pressure, as seen in the defeats away to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.
Passing: Always tries to play the ball forward in possession and is relatively comfortable stepping out of defence with the ball at his feet if space opens up for him to do so. His shorter passes into midfield or into the feet of the forwards are generally crisp and accurate. The quality of his longer passes is more varied, but he is capable of some excellent diagonals and well-weighted balls in behind.
Positioning: His first tendency is to back off and take up a defensive position in place of rushing forward to contest the ball. Retreats into the area when play is building out wide, and is content for the full-back and midfield cover to deal with the inside channel in order to ensure he is well-placed to clear in the centre. While his conservatism is largely a virtue, there are times when he appears to lose concentration and simply drift about the area.
Crossing: Originally signed as a player who could play either at centre-back or full-back, Wimmer has made the former position his own. He therefore very rarely gets forward into crossing positions.
Finishing: He has taken just one shot on goal so far this season, which suggests that he is not a particular threat from either open play or set-pieces.
What the experts say:
Vienna-based journalist Fabian Zerche: "Wimmer is calm, intelligent in build-up play and pretty tall, but he is still raw and has some errors in his game. According to his coach, he isn't one of those naturally gifted players but is making up for it with a sublime work ethic. Wimmer doesn't shine or stand out with special abilities but is without significant weaknesses too."
Kevin #Wimmer deal suits all parties: great opportunity for him, good money for Köln, Spurs get a talented young player with potential
- Bernard Reeves (@reevsinho9) March 20, 2015
Conclusion:
Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to build a long-term project at Tottenham and while the club are keen to make best use of their increasingly productive youth academy -- with Alex Pritchard likely to join Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in the first-team squad next season -- they will also look to sign attractively valued players whenever possible.
It is easy to see why their scouting staff have latched onto Wimmer. While he still has things he needs to improve, he is a young and hard-working centre-back who has the potential to become a solid Premier League performer. He is certainly robust enough to deal with the style of football in England, while his conservative approach should also serve him well.
The deal is yet to be formally completed, but both Cologne and Wimmer have confirmed that advanced talks have taken place. The German side are hoping to stabilise their financial situation after two seasons in the second division, and they will find it hard to turn down a fee that would represent, at the lower end of the quoted figures, a 2,300 percent profit on their original outlay just three years ago.
It is move that makes sense for all parties. Spurs get a good young defender, while Cologne receive a healthy transfer fee to reinvest in new players. And Wimmer, for his part, can be expected to develop into a reliable and sturdy centre-back under Pochettino's command.
Nick Dorrington is a freelance football writer and author of the Scout's Notebook blog. You can follow him on Twitter @chewingthecoca.
 
Asked a German who said:

"I think he's their best central back and a good talent. definitely "too big" for a club like Cologne.
dude made a huge leap forward in the last 2 years. they bought him for 300k and will now probably get 6+ million [euros] for him."


(£4.3m is the price rumored for the transfer to us)
 

SouthernCross10

west sydney yid
Interesting,
I'm sure that there are people that know a shitload more about football than us are paid a lot of money to make the right decisions for the club in regards to signing players and scouting.
But we do need some cover for Vertonghen and Dier,
 
I was thinking more

If you're in trouble he will save the day
He's brave and he's fearless come what may
Without him the scoreline would go astray

He's Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
Without him life would be much grimmer
He's handsome, trim, and no-one slimmer
He will never need a zimmer

He's Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
More reliable than a garden strimmer
He's never been mistaken for Yul Brynner
He's not bald, and his head doesn't glimmer

Master of the wit and the repartee
His command of the back 4 is uncanny
How come he's such a genius?
Don't ask me!

Ask Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
He's also a fantastic swimmer
And if you play your cards right
Then he just might come round for dinner

 
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Tomo

Supporter
I was thinking more

If you're in trouble he will save the day
He's brave and he's fearless come what may
Without him the scoreline would go astray

He's Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
Without him life would be much grimmer
He's handsome, trim, and no-one slimmer
He will never need a zimmer

He's Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
More reliable than a garden strimmer
He's never been mistaken for Yul Brynner
He's not bald, and his head doesn't glimmer

Master of the wit and the repartee
His command of back 4 is uncanny
How come he's such a genius?
Don't ask me!

Ask Kevin, Kevin, Kevin Wimmer
He's also a fantastic swimmer
And if you play your cards right
Then he just might come round for dinner


I might have created this thread in a thirst for knowledge about a potential new signing but after that post I think we can say this is your thread now. He must come just for the song.

:adesalute:
 

Millbanks

Spurs - Champions Cup of Europe Winners 2011
Seen him quite a bit the last couple of seasons. Looks really solid for Köln and really marshals the defence, something we are severely lacking all too often when Jan can't be bothered.

A player in Poch's mould I'd suggest. Certainly room for improvement and under another manager I'd question how long it might take him to have an impact, but Dier is the perfect example of how quick these young lads can break into the team if they apply themselves.
 
Just a little summary of him:


Major weaknesses:
- Concentration can be an issue

Marking: he does have a tendency to switch off at times. In these moments, he can appear unsure of who he should be covering.

Heading:
Upon taking charge, Stoger noted that Wimmer was struggling to make best use of his height when competing for the ball in the air. There are, though, still occasions when he is beaten to the ball when he looks favourite to win it, and this is something he will need to continue focusing on.

Close control: his control can be a little loose under pressure, as seen in the defeats away to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Positioning: there are times when he appears to lose concentration and simply drift about the area.

Finishing: He has taken just one shot on goal so far this season, which suggests that he is not a particular threat from either open play or set-pieces.

What the experts say:

Vienna-based journalist Fabian Zerche: "Wimmer is still raw and has some errors in his game.
Conclusion:

:paulinhobored::avbshock: #SPURSY
 

Eskimo

'you middle class out of touch cunt!'
Just a little summary of him:


Major weaknesses:
- Concentration can be an issue

Marking: he does have a tendency to switch off at times. In these moments, he can appear unsure of who he should be covering.

Heading:
Upon taking charge, Stoger noted that Wimmer was struggling to make best use of his height when competing for the ball in the air. There are, though, still occasions when he is beaten to the ball when he looks favourite to win it, and this is something he will need to continue focusing on.

Close control: his control can be a little loose under pressure, as seen in the defeats away to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Positioning: there are times when he appears to lose concentration and simply drift about the area.

Finishing: He has taken just one shot on goal so far this season, which suggests that he is not a particular threat from either open play or set-pieces.

What the experts say:

Vienna-based journalist Fabian Zerche: "Wimmer is still raw and has some errors in his game.
Conclusion:

:paulinhobored::avbshock: #SPURSY


#DietJan
 
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