Eric Dier “is on borrowed time” at Tottenham, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said he “would have loved to have played” against the 27-year-old who has been “found out” at centre-half this season.

Dier was an unused substitute on Sunday as Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top-four suffered a blow in the North London derby.

The 2-1 loss against Arsenal was the fourth consecutive Premier League game in which the England international has been named on the bench by Jose Mourinho.

In February, Mourinho, as quoted by the Guardian, said Dier was suffering from a “crisis of confidence”.

When asked for his assessment of Dier’s situation, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“I think he is on borrowed time at Spurs.

“He is playing at centre-half but for me he’s not a centre-half, he’s a midfielder. I would have loved to have played against him.

“He was a player who would break up the play, get on the ball and keep it, pass it backwards, sideways.

“He is not the quickest player in the world and he is also not one that is going to go in and win the ball. I think he is getting found out at centre-half. I always wondered why Mourinho decided and then continued to play Dier in there.

“Mourinho needs a couple of decent centre-halves in the summer.” 

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Tottenham to sign Gareth Bale permanently but only if this condition is met.