By Harry Sykes
Andy Townsend has slammed Tottenham mainstay Eric Dier for being “sloppy” and making too many mistakes.
The high profile pundit gave his verdict on the England international while on BBC Sport punditry duty at the King Power Stadium for Spurs’ 6-1 win against Leicester on Thursday night.
Dier played the full 90 minutes as one of three centre-backs alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as Tottenham tore Leicester apart.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino had been expected to ask the Englishman to fill in at right-back in the absence of regulars Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier but Moussa Sissoko deputised in a wing-back role while Dier was used in the defensive role where he has spent the majority of the season.
A stunning four-goal salvo from Harry Kane and a double from Son Heung-Min maintained Spurs’ outstanding run of results and showed they have not let up despite missing out on the title to Chelsea.
But former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Townsend highlighted how Dier was guilty of a mistake with his side 1-0 up in the first half when he blundered his headed clearance and allowed Jamie Vardy through on goal before he was barged off the ball by Toby Alderweireld, resulting in unsuccessful penalty appeals.
“The penalty shout was a sloppy moment for Eric Dier, and he has that in him,” Townsend said, as quoted by the BBC Sport live blog of the match (18 May, 8.15pm). “He nearly let them back into the game.”
Dier has been a mainstay of the Spurs side that have secured second place in this season’s Premier League.
He has started 33 of the team’s 37 league fixtures, a record bettered only by Christian Eriksen (35) and Victor Wanyama (34).
In other Tottenham news, the club have opened shock talks to sign a Barcelona icon who has had a storming season.