This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
In the summer of 2015, Tottenham Hotspur reportedly parted with £5.4m to sign Kevin Wimmer from 1.FC Koln, as per Transfermarkt.
Indeed, in today’s market, that price looks to have been a steal on the face of things, but nothing appeared to go the way Mauricio Pochettino and the club would have likely wanted things to go in regards to the centre-back.
During his time at White Hart Lane, the Austria international only managed to make a total of 31 appearances for the club and appeared to largely struggle while in Premier League action when given the opportunity.
According to data that has been collected by WhoScored over the two campaigns he had with Spurs, some of his statistics made for rather grim reading.
In the 2015/16 campaign, Wimmer featured 10 times for Pochettino’s side and only achieved an average of 0.5 tackles per game, two interceptions and 4.9 clearances. The following season, the Austrian tabled figures of 0.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per game as he was limited to just five appearances (WhoScored).
That was not great form, but it appeared to be enough for Stoke City to splash out around £18m on him in the summer of 2017 and hand Tottenham a whopping £12.6m profit on him and, potentially, continue to laugh about how good of a deal they received.
Wimmer’s struggles in England continued as he found it difficult to make a real impact with the Potters, making just 17 appearances for them in the Premier League as they could not save themselves from relegation that year, achieving an average of 1.4 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 4.6 clearances per game (WhoScored).
Having been loaned out to Hannover 96 and now Mouscron in Belgium, things really have not got any better for the 26-year-old, while matters have only got better from Tottenham’s point of view.
According to TransferMarkt’s valuation tool, the Austrian’s has continued to crash following his move to Stoke, as he started at £10.8m and now finds himself at just £2.7m after a rather steady decline over the last few years.
It would be difficult to suggest that he would have ever competed with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth, Eric Dier or Davinson Sanchez for a place in Pochettino’s first-team, making the fact that Spurs managed to get almost £13m profit for his signature all the more of an emphatic achievement.
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