Kevin Wimmer reveals one former Spurs teammate was a class apart in training

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Dom Le Roy

Kevin Wimmer has admitted that he has great memories of playing with a star-studded squad at Tottenham, picking out Mousa Dembele in particular as someone who was unplayable in training.

Wimmer had a promising first season at Spurs after arriving from Koln in 2015, deputising well for the injured Jan Vertonghen.

However, he struggled for regular game time in his second season in North London and eventually decided to join Stoke City in search of first-team football.

Wimmer’s career at the Bet365 stadium did not go according to plan as the club were relegated from the Premier League in his first season.

The centre-back, who is now on loan at Bundesliga 2 side Karlsruher SC from Stoke, has admitted that his first two years in English football with Tottenham helped him to improve as a player.

Wimmer told Football.London: “When you were playing a game like this with Toby Alderweireld next to me and Kyle Walker, to my left was Danny Rose, in front of me Mousa Dembele and behind me Hugo Lloris, even in training you can just enjoy because you play with so much class every day in training and then the games as well.

“It makes you better as a player as well because it’s easier. You always have so many options during the game because all the players have so much ability and so much class.

“It was of course for me much easier to play in a team like this. I think it was just enjoyable for me, it was a very good time and I didn’t want to miss it. I think I learnt a lot in this time for me and I really enjoyed to play with players like I did.

“Hugo is now a world champion, Jan has had an amazing career, Sonny and Harry Kane the best striker for me. All the players. Mousa for me was the best player I’ve ever seen.

“It was an incredible time for me but of course as a football player you want to play as much as possible and in this team I felt it was just very difficult for me. When everybody was fit it was just very difficult.

“In the second season I didn’t play as much anymore and if you don’t play a lot, if you always just train, of course with this team I got so many benefits from it as I trained every day with players like this, but the second season was difficult as I didn’t play so much again.

“Then I made to move to Stoke after as I wanted to try something new to get more and more game time.”

Unsurprisingly, the Austrian international picked out Mousa Dembele as the best player at Tottenham during the time, admitting that he had never seen a player like the Belgian.

He said about Dembele: “For me he was crazy. His left foot was just so good.

“The most incredible thing always was if it was in training or in a game no matter what, if you gave him the ball and there was two people running at him from behind, he never lost the ball,” claimed Wimmer.

“When you played in training games like four vs four or three vs three, 99% of the games the team with Mousa won. You gave him the ball in a difficult situation, you didn’t know where to play and you gave him the ball you know he won’t lose it. He was just incredible.

“I think from this time at Spurs if you ask the players they will all say that Mousa Dembele is just incredible. I’ve never seen a player like this. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Sonny are all world-class players, but, for me, Mousa Dembele is just amazing.

“When you saw that every day in training what he did you just think how is that possible that he can have so much ability and never lose the ball.

“Even going forward when he had the ball on his feet and driving forward he was so quick and you couldn’t stop him. For me, he’s the best player I’ve seen so far.”

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