By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier believes that it is too early to discuss who will challenge for the Premier League crown.
The race for the title is set to be widely contested this season, with the top five teams separated by just a point after the first nine games.
Spurs are one of those teams in the running and are the only unbeaten side still in the division.
Leicester went on to lift their first Premier League trophy last season after a nervous title race with Spurs, who were pipped to second-place by north London rivals Arsenal on the final day.
Dier believes that Spurs’ experience last campaign can help them, but admitted it is too early to say who the main contenders will be at this point.
“There are a lot of teams up and around challenging luke ourselves,” Dier told the Mail. I think you will be able to tell after we go into this very busy period now.
“From our experience last season, once you come out of the busy Christmas period, that’s where you can gauge better where everyone is. There are so many games now and once you come out of that, that’s when you can see who’s better prepared.”
Dier, 22, has been a regular starter in the Spurs side in the past two seasons and is part of a young English core at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
He has made 98 appearances since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2014 from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The central midfielder is now fighting to keep his starting spot, with tough competition from Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembele.
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