For a player who struggled for game time over the past seasons, being thrown into a Premier League match against Manchester United may not have been the ideal opener, but that is what happened to Kevin Wimmer.
The 24-year-old joined Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent deal late in the summer transfer window after failing to establish himself at White Hart Lane.
Over the course of his two-year spell in North London, Wimmer started just 13 top-flight matches, but Stoke manager Mark Hughes trusted the defender enough to include him in the first XI against United on Saturday.
The Austrian was on the left side of a back three and even though the defence conceded two goals, the Potters managed to snatch a point from a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium.
Sometimes when players move on to other clubs after having a hard time at their previous one, they feel that they have something to prove to their former boss.
Wimmer, though, does not feel that he needs to show Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino was he can do because that chapter of his career is now closed.
The Stoke Sentinel quotes Wimmer as saying:
“No, I don’t think [I have anything to prove]. I had a very good conversation with [Pochettino] at the end and he was very happy for me about the move. It was very good that he also made it possible that I could join Stoke. Of course, with Mark Hughes, I have another good manager and I’m very happy to be here.
“I want to keep improving, but there’s nothing to show to Mauricio because at Spurs, we had lots of good centre-backs and I was happy to be part of this team for two years. I think it was good for my improvement. I didn’t play too much, but with this team, I kept on improving and I’m trying to show that now.”