Collymore suggests Tottenham man could be deployed to man mark Hazard in the FA Cup
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has suggested that Tottenham defender Eric Dier could be deployed to man mark Eden Hazard in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Spurs will take on Chelsea at Wembley with the winner playing either Manchester City or Arsenal in the final.
The Premier League leaders will go into that match having suffered a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
During that game, Hazard was man marked by United midfielder Ander Herrera, who picked up the man of the match award for his performance.
Collymore believes Mauricio Pochettino and other PL managers may change their tactics when coming up against the highly-rated attacker during these final stages of the season.
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“Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have seen the job Ander Herrera did on Hazard and that might just change the way Eric Dier is deployed and, for that matter, other opponents when they return to the Premier League are too,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.
England international Dier has been utilised in various roles by Pochettino this term from playing in a back three to sitting in front of the back four.
Over the course of the campaign, he has played 30 league matches, scoring two goals and picking up six yellow cards.
Dier’s versatility, strength on the ball and reading on the game could prove to be a match for Hazard, who has been in outstanding for this term.
Hazard, who has been nominated for the main PFA Player of the Year award, has scored 14 goals and supplied five assists this season.
The Belgian’s dribbling ability, quick movement and link up play with his attackers has been on show for the majority of the campaign.
But that threat was thwarted by Herrera, who failed to give him any space to work his magic at the weekend as Spurs will be looking to do the same in their FA Cup showdown.
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