By Harvey Byrne
Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier played their first competitive match together in a Tottenham shirt on Saturday against Everton – and Spurs fans were not entirely happy with what they saw.
The two midfielders are known more for their defensive ability rather than their attacking threat, and fans of the north London club believed that the set-up against the Toffees was too defensive minded.
While the two midfielders were on the pitch together, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were losing 1-0 from a sixth minute Ross Barkley goal.
However, the Argentine boss made the change on the 56th minute mark to bring Dier off for striker Vincent Janssen and the move proved to work with Lamela scoring soon afterwards to make the score 1-1 and earn Spurs a point at Goodison Park.
Fans of the north London club were still asking questions as to why Pochettino started the clash with two defensive players in central midfield.
Fans took to Twitter to share their views on the tactical decision:
Seems like you can't play Dier and Wanyama at the same time. Both very defensive minded and together will take away from attacking play.
— Tottenham HotSplurge (@TottSplurge) August 13, 2016
@ballhogba Best guess is Dier and Dembele will start most games with Wanyama coming on as a late sub for Dembele.
— Caleb Nordgren (@chisportsguy41) August 13, 2016
@TheM_L_G pretty clear that dier and wanyama can't play well together or that dier is unfit. Energy level change was huge.
— wertwhile (@Wertwhile) August 13, 2016
Feel like trying to shoehorn Wanyama into this team messing up Spurs chemistry. Don't think you need him and Dier vs Everton
— Kenya Wetherill (@KenyaW268) August 13, 2016
@Bateseyboy thought that would be your problem this year. Wanyama is great but if you play him and Dier together the team is very one paced.
— . (@BloodyCanTastic) August 13, 2016
We look so much better. No reason we should have started with both dier and wanyama
— Alex Sherron (@Alexsherron) August 13, 2016
@thespursweb Why Dier? He's been solid! Should have taken Wanyama off and sent him back to Southampton!
— Chris Brooks (@brookschris1962) August 13, 2016
Wanyama looks like he can replace Dier well, however not sure he can partner…damn you Bentaleb why u have to go backwards it should be you
— Evs79 (@ChrisEvs79) August 13, 2016
The Kenyan international moved to White Hart Lane from Southampton in an £11million move earlier this summer.
The 25-year-old has made his competitive debut as Mousa Dembele continues to see out a six game ban after an incident with Chelsea’ Diego Costa last season.
Dembele and Dier were pivotal parts of Pochettino’s midfield which achieved Champions League qualification last season.
The Argetnine boss will be looking to improve on last season and has added Janssen and Wanyama to his squad this summer.
In other Tottenham team news, Christian Eriksen is demanding a £150,000-a-week new contract.