Alan Hutton has launched a staunch defence of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier following his disappointing display in the 3-0 loss to Brighton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Spurs right-back claimed that Dier faced an “impossible” task against the Seagulls, suggesting he was expected to fix everything after coming back into the starting XI.
The Spurs midfield enforcer was making his first Premier League start of the season against Graham Potter’s team, having played just twice across all competitions prior to last weekend’s clash.
Hutton admitted he felt sorry that the 25-year-old had to deal with being brought into a struggling side, although went on to say it was not the England international’s best performance.
When asked about Dier’s disappointing display against Brighton, Hutton told Football Insider: “He came in and I kind of feel for him a little.
“Because he’s not played a lot, Spurs are really struggling let’s face it, 10 goals in two games, so to come in there…it’s like what are you suppose to do? To come in after not playing for such a long time, to be expected to fix everything is pretty much impossible.
“He did have a poor game but I don’t think they can really just put it down to him.”
Dier has only featured in three games for Spurs this season across all competitions and notably featured in the EFL Cup loss to League Two’s Colchester United.
In his 2018/19 campaign, the 25-year-old managed to feature 28 times for Spurs across all competitions despite having several separate injury problems that caused him to have spells on the sidelines.
Dier joined Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon in 2014 and his contract is set to expire in June 2021.
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