By London correspondent Tony Hughes
BBC pundit Danny Mills has warned that Eric Dier faces a battle to get back into the Tottenham team following Victor Wanyama’s summer arrival.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side convincingly beat the title favourites and league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday to deliver a huge statement in the title race.
Wanyama and fellow summer signing Moussa Sissoko were selected as the team’s central midfield pairing in the absence of injured duo Dier and Mousa Dembele.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Mills said that Tottenham’s success against City without Dier will make it difficult for him to command an automatic spot in the team.
Mills, also an ex-England international, said: “Dier might not even get back in the side. They have got a very strong midfield.
“Is Dier as good, as athletic [as their other options]? Possibly not.”
Dier was on the bench against City as Wanyama delivered a colossal display in the landmark victory.
Former Southampton and Celtic midfielder Wanyama has started all seven of Spurs’ Premier League games in addition to one of their two Champions League fixtures to enable the club to cope without last season’s regular central midfield pairing of Dier and Dembele.
Dier was the surprise story of last season at Tottenham, establishing himself as a first choice midfielder and prompting the summer exits of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.
Spurs’ win over City lifted them back to second in the Premier League and enable them to reduce the gap to the pacesetters to a single point.
Pochettino’s youthful team are now the only unbeaten side in the English top flight after accumulating 17 points from their opening seven league matches.
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