By Dominic Toner
Eric Dier will play in defence against Sunderland and the Tottenham fans reacted with mixed thoughts on Twitter.
Mauricio Pochettino has decided to drop left-back Ben Davies and move Jan Vertonghen across the backline to fill the full-back position, something he has done on several occasions for his national team Belgian.
Dier is expected to partner Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the defence and drop back from his usual midfield role.
Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele will get their first opportunity to line up in the midfield together as a result and will hope to impress.
Dier, 22, has played at centre-back during his career but has established himself into a midfielder in the last two seasons, even starting there for England at Euro 2016.
Pochettino has been keen to make changes from the Spurs team that lost 2-1 to Monaco on Wednesday, with Dembele, Wanyama and Sissoko all coming into the team for Erik Lamela, Chrisitan Eriksen and Davies.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2016
The club’s supporters have given their assessment on Twitter at the decision to play Dier in defence and have given mixed responses.
@krislandis I'm more worried about Dier at CB, especially if he plays on the left.
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) September 18, 2016
— Sam (@bellamoir) September 18, 2016
This team is because he is too scared to drop Dier
— LEVY OUT! (@JamesODono) September 18, 2016
Wimmer should have started if he's putting Dier CB. To me that would have made more sense 😬. But, hey ho, Poch is the man.
— Tricky (@Richy_Bakes) September 18, 2016
— EricDierMate (@PochsLilywhites) September 18, 2016
Lamela and Eriksen dropped. Thank God!! Dier centre back and Jan left back tho :/
— Nad Star (@NadStarBOOOOM) September 18, 2016
Was thinking earlier that Wanyama warranted a mf start over Dier. This not how I envisaged it.
— J_Brook (@J_Brook) September 18, 2016
Vertonghen plays LB for Belgium. No biggie. More worried about Dier at LCB cuz he's right footed and hasn't played there
— Matt (@OsideHotspur) September 18, 2016
Spurs will hope to continue their unbeaten start in the league and follow up their 4-0 win against Stoke last Saturday.
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