The least surprising transfer news of the summer came today as Spurs confirmed the signing of Kevin Wimmer from Cologne.
With the club having paid just £4.3m for one of the brightest prospects in the Bundesliga, the deal hasn’t taken much of a chunk out of the transfer budget. Does that mean that the club will move for another central defender before the transfer window shuts?
With Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul looking certain to leave, Tottenham are left with four centre-backs – Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen and Wimmer.
It’s the future of Fazio that will determine whether Spurs enter the market again in this position. The Argentine has had a poor first season and while there is always the potential for players to improve, it’s hard to see how Fazio can when his glaring fault is his total lack of pace.
If he stays at the club Fazio will surely be fourth choice centre-back next season, with a transfer to come either in January or next summer. If that’s the case, then why not try to sell him now while his value in La Liga and beyond remains relatively high?
With the amount of players that Tottenham really need to get rid of, Fazio is probably not a high priority. In addition, the volume of players being brought in has to be taken into account. With the moves for Kieran Tripper and Danny Ings, we know that Spurs are looking for a right-back and a striker. You’d also expect a central midfielder and a wide player.
With Wimmer, that makes five new players which seems about the natural limit, so perhaps Fazio will get a stay of execution. It’s surely only a matter of time before he leaves though and if a defender comes available who Mauricio Pochettino really fancies, then it will come sooner rather than later.