By Dominic Toner
Alan Shearer believes that Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have all struggled for Tottenham this season.
The ex-England international claims that the Spurs trio are yet to reach their levels from last campaign, with the north London club winning just once in their last 10 games across all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell to a 2-1 away defeat against league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and are now seven points adrift off the top.
Eriksen, 24, scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Chelsea, but has been unable to recreate his best form in a Spurs shirt.
Shearer has highlighted three players who have all underperformed this campaign after playing a major role last season.
“There are players who did well for Spurs last season but whose levels have dropped,” Shearer wrote in the Sun. “Eric Dier being one along with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.”
Dier has endured a difficult season as he fills in for the injured Toby Alderweireld at centre-back.
The 22-year-old has looked uncertain in defence and faces a battle to regain his position in midfield, with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele building a strong partnership.
Alli is yet to rediscover his top form and has scored just three goals in 17 games across all competitions.
The attacking midfielder played a crucial role in the club’s third-placed league finish last season and directly contributed to 21 goals.
The England international has found it difficult for club and country in recent months, but the 20-year-old will be keen to find his goalscoring form again.
Eriksen has been another attacker who is yet to find consistency this season and has been unable to impact games with his creativity.
Spurs have become hugely reliant on forward Harry Kane for their goals and he will need support if the club are to challenge for the title.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino claims the club’s player must work harder to secure a first-team spot.