Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Stoke City Sign This Premier League Defensive Rock: Ideal Player For Hughes?

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Abhishek Majumdar
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Stoke City have found themselves a solid player for their backline in the form of Kevin Wimmer, who might be able to stabilise their defence for the rest of the season. The Potters had a mixed start to their season, having drawn one, lost one and won one of their last three contests in the top flight and are looking forward to strengthening their squad to the core for a better show in their forthcoming matches.

The signing of the Austrian international is definitely going to be a major boost for Stoke City, who have already brought in Kurt Zouma this term on loan from Chelsea. The two players playing at tandem in the heart of their defence is supposed to offer them stability and security in the backline to evade rival attacks and keep the opposition players from scoring against them.

The 24-year-old was brought into the Premier League by Tottenham in 2015, who were looking forward to using him as a backup for the Belgian duo at the heart of their defence in the form of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

However, with the aforementioned duo excelling in their respective duties, Wimmer got only four starts in the last season, which eventually made the player sceptical about his career with the Spurs and literally compelled him to take the decision to join a club where he will be able to get more exposure to first team football.

The Austrian international is known for his ability to keep his team safe with his towering presence in the heart of his backline, making clearances with absolute precision and also going into tackles fearlessly to dispossess the ball from the opponent players.

He can also be dangerous in the air from set piece situations like corners or free kicks, making it possible to give his team the much-needed advantage with his thumping header sending the ball into the back of the opposition net past the keeper.

The man in charge at the bet365 Stadium, Mark Hughes, is well aware of the fact that his side will have to deliver positive results this season so as for him to maintain his position as the team gaffer throughout the current season. This has come as an aftermath of the disappointing performance by the Potters in the last term, which saw them end their campaign in a lowly 13th position in the Premier League. However, he is hopeful that the new signing Kevin Wimmer will help his side get back to winning in the forthcoming days.

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