Date: 28th May 2018 at 3:18pm
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Austrian centre-half Kevin Wimmer’s switch to Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur certainly didn’t go to plan.

Having joined us for a whopping £18million ahead of August’s deadline day in 2017, the 25-year-old went on to make only 16 starting appearances for us, and only 14 of those came in the Premier League itself.

A return of 19 showings for £18million in no way can be considered a great deal by anyone involved and irrespective of the numbers we had at the back, defensive injuries played a massive part in seeing us drop to the relegation zone and into the Championship for next season. Wimmer for his part last played in mid-January, despite subsequently returning to fitness.

As new manager, Gary Rowett begins making plans for the season ahead, Wimmer has become the first of many casualties you would think.

The club confirmed on Sunday that the international player had now left the club to join German side Hannover 96. The initial deal is a season-long loan spell until the end of the 2018/19 campaign, but there is a buy-clause included in the deal, so chances are he won’t be returning if he can get himself back on track.

Given the year we, and he had, the reactions of fans to the news has hardly been surprising.

Some did however see another element to the swift news.

 

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