Kevin Wimmer is in a problem stage of his career. As Germany’s Express put it on Thursday, the defender has reached a ‘career impasse’.
They point out at Tottenham he’s either on the bench or in the stands, and for the Austria national team Wimmer has received much criticism after a largely failed experiment to play him as a fullback.
In the middle of all this, Wimmer turned 24 years of age a couple of days ago. He’s not a prospect anymore, and can’t really afford to waste chunks of a season if he’s serious about kicking on.
Mauricio Pochettino clearly isn’t as convinced as Wimmer would like him to be and so the prospect of a transfer simply has to raise its head.
Express say there’s interest from Borussia Monchengladbach, who are increasingly accepting that Andreas Christensen is likely to return to Chelsea when his loan ends.
It sounds a good solution for Wimmer, but Express state the player’s market value is €7m. We would assume that value has come from Transfermarkt, who tend to go on the lower side.
Whilst it’s more than Tottenham paid, Daniel Levy would likely push for more. From Gladbach’s perspective, it would be a profit for Spurs, and for a player who is nothing more than bit-part.
Should Gladbach take Express’ value and offer €7m then it presents a conundrum for Levy. It’s a profit, but €7m is zilch in the current market, and Wimmer has a contract until 2021.
It may be kinder to let the player take the opportunity at Gladbach without putting too much in the German club’s way, but then that wouldn’t be business thinking.