London Calling; Wimmer Answering

 

Kevin Wimmer at practice in Florida (photo by me for once)

Kevin Wimmer at practice in Florida (photo by me for once)

If reports are to be believed, Kevin Wimmer has, at most, nine more matches in the Rut un Wiess.

Express.de is reporting that the Austrian central defender will move from Köln to London to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Wimmer apparently missed a day of training to complete a physical with the Premiership club, with which the player and his representation reached agreement on a move.

Of course, with Wimmer’s contract having been extended with 1. FC Köln into 2019 just last year, Tottenham will now need to negotiate terms with the FC to make the deal good. Early reports are that an eight-digit figure is in play.

Jörg Schmadtke, as always, is saying nothing more than what is otherwise fairly evident.

“Right now, he is playing with us until summer, and then we will see what comes,” says Schmadtke in response to the chatter. “I have always said that there are limits with us for everything, and if someone goes beyond those limits, then we will sometime have to sell players.”

Considering the 1. FC Köln is committed to building a permanent residence in the Bundesiga, the business end of the football world necessitates that parting with valued players is going to be a big part of the plan to reach whatever long-term goals lay ahead. Wimmer arrived from LASK Linz of the Austrian top league in the summer of 2012 for 250,000 Euro. With 10 million Euro reportedly in play as the transfer fee, you have to assume that Schmadtke’s ‘limits’ on his player values has been breached.

You don’t have to major in Economics to know that getting a return of 40-times the original investment in just three years is a huge boon. If the EffZeh can make those sorts of deals a few times over the next few years, there shouldn’t be much question about staying in the first division or acquiring new talent to achieve it.

Such a big pile of money can go a long way toward mitigating the loss, of course, but less so the feeling of loss for the fans. After spending much of his first season with the club on the bench, Wimmer stepped into a left back role in match day 7 of the 2013-14 season and delivered two assists while spelling Jonas Hector in an 0:4 win at Energie Cottbus. The following weekend, starting center back Bruno Nascimento went down with an injury early in a home match against Kaiserslautern, and Wimmer stepped up to contribute to Köln keeping a clean sheet in a scoreless draw.

The job has been Wimmer’s ever since, triggering a loan of Nascimento to GD Estoril-Praia of the Portuguese top division. His workmanlike effort, stoic presence, and ability to stay healthy have made him a fan favorite in Köln.

Dominic Maroh and Kevin Wimmer: the heart of the back four

Dominic Maroh and Kevin Wimmer: the heart of the back four in the heat of Florida (bad photography mine!)

Well, at least I really like him. I should not and cannot speak for everyone, but I think we’re on relatively safe ground here.

Regardless of how much we all like him, though, most of Planet EffZeh will be on board with a transfer if it brings in that large an influx of cash (Some of which will have to cover the losses brought to us by the Wild Boyz and their sympathisers . . . Have I thanked you Ultras enough for that yet?), so maybe not quite a teary goodbye, but there should be no hard feelings toward Wimmer for wanting to leave Köln for London, even if you believe our club is more on the European path than is that one. Sure, he’s buying into the allure of the English prestige and the promise of maybe much bigger money, but we are getting PAID!

Look at it pragmatically like Frank does here. We are necessarily in a “step by step” building mode. Wimmer can help us avoid relegation (#nichtabstieg) now with his play on the field as well as down the road via the profitable sale of such a talented youngster (#spielerverkäufe). After all, it is all about the “#effzeh.”

Of course, nothing has been officially announced, so until it is, don’t start (imagine) spending money we don’t yet have.

And don’t read too much into coach’s starting eleven this weekend against Werder Bremen, either. Though Wimmer’s red card suspension was for just one match, Mergim Mavraj placed capably in his stead. Peter Stöger says that whatever happens between London and am Rhing, he’s evaluating his trio of options independently when it comes to naming his team.

“I am just really pleased for Mergim and that he inserted himself so seamlessly,” said Stöger. “Now we will have to see this week who will play Saturday. Who remains here in summer and who doesn’t will play no role, though.”

 

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