Having secured himself a season out on loan back in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 for the campaign of 2018/19, Kevin Wimmer has been in the press this week and he’s explained his desire to not return to the Potteries when that deal expires.
Kevin Wimmer has confirmed he hopes he has ended his Stoke City career just 10 months after an £18m move from Tottenham.https://t.co/CoMvidgLJu
— Stoke Loud & Proud (@StokeLoudProud) June 4, 2018
Having joined from Tottenham Hotspur for £18million, the 25-year-old only made 16 starting appearances for us across all competitions and he soon fell out of favour as Stoke made the switch from Mark Hughes to Paul Lambert and he failed to feature from mid-January onwards.
A recent interview with Hannoversche Allgemeine (via the Stoke Sentinel) explained.
“I want to spend more than a year in the Bundesliga and stay at 96. If possible I don’t want to go back to Stoke.”
Wimmer went on state that he felt he was now joining a team that suited his style of play better than ‘under Lambert’ as he likes to play the ball out from the back and not just hit it long. He also pointed out that when he last appeared we weren’t in the relegation zone and Lambert told him he simply wasn’t ‘his type of player’.
Should the deal work out and go well, we will still take a significant loss on the sum originally paid for him, but the buy-clause is reported as £10.5million which will certainly come in handy as we adjust to financial life in the second tier.
Some moves just don’t work out and this one certainly didn’t and that’s left fans wishing him the best so everyone gets their wish on making this deal permanent.
— Danny Tainton (@Dannytait78) June 4, 2018
That part will baffle me forever! ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/Ej49A6isZ8
— richard carr (@richcarrscfc) June 4, 2018
Absolute shite, he looked scared stiff every time the ball came anywhere near him. He was never fit and didn't look like he wanted to be here. The worst signing in our PL history and we've had some proper stinkers!
— Martin Beech (@BeefyBeech) June 4, 2018
I'm sure most Stoke fans are delighted to hear those words. Hopefully he has a decent season in Germany & we recoup some of the barmy £18mill we paid for the loser
— Steve Roberts (@Starob2011) June 4, 2018
— Adrian Ferneyhough (@adestokie) June 4, 2018
Everybody wins if this turns out to be the case – worst signing in the last 15 years
— Knock It Wide (@KnockItWide) June 4, 2018
Trust me, i am pretty sure the feeling is mutual. Biggest bag of spunk that’s ever cost £18 million.
— Pablo Otter (@Woodsey70) June 4, 2018
"I made 17 appearances in the first half of the season and we were not in a relegation spot" no we weren't, but we were 17th!! What a ridiculous statement, he was the worst defender out of them all
— ThatDrunkenDwarf (@TDDwarfSRL) June 4, 2018
I'm sure we as fans also hope he's ended his stay with stoke.
— matt bridgett (@bamba_scfc) June 4, 2018
A collective sigh of relief! Hope he resurrects his career with our best wishes. Just didn't work out.
— Dilwyn Roberts-Young (@DilwynRY) June 4, 2018
Hallelujah and Amen to that.
— Mark (@Pottermod) June 4, 2018