Kevin Wimmer is now starting to shape up with Spurs
Kevin Wimmer is ready to make his first Premier League start for Tottenham when they tackle Norwich City tomorrow, having slimmed down since arriving last summer.
Through manager Mauricio Pochettino's gruelling training sessions and Spurs' healthy eating regime, including cooking classes, he has got into shape.
With Jan Vertonghen out for two months with a knee ligament injury, the best centre-back partnership in the country has been broken up. Wimmer will partner Toby Alderweireld instead, having started six games in the cups so far.
The Austrian looked assured in the 4-1 FA Cup win at Colchester United on Saturday and spoke afterwards about how he has prepared.
"I have improved myself a lot in my first months in England," said Wimmer. "My body shape is much better. It was good, but now it is even better."
Some of this is down to the gruelling hard work of a Pochettino pre-season, which Wimmer enjoyed straight after joining from Cologne for £4m last summer.
The fact that Wimmer has been on the fringes of the team so far has given him even more time to train hard. "If you don't play so much, you can train a lot and work a lot on your fitness," he said. "So I have done a lot of extra work - and I can feel it."
Nacer Chadli, 26, was the oldest of Spurs' outfield starters on Saturday. Pochettino wants to prove wrong the doubters who say they are too young to win the title. "This is a topic in football, we need to demonstrate that it is not true," he said.