Paul Robinson admits he is not convinced by Eric Dier’s ability to play as a centre-back at Tottenham and suggests the enforcer might not be happy with his role in the side.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 25-year-old has not inspired him with his performances alongside Davinson Sanchez and questions whether it is the versatile star’s preferred position.
Dier, who has played as both a defender and a defensive midfielder throughout his career, has played just six times for Spurs this season, a bout of appendicitis leaving him fighting to get back to full fitness in north London.
Robinson says that the versatile Spurs man will not be too pleased at how little he has played this season, Mauricio Pochettino leaving him unused on the substitutes’ bench 10 times, and suggests that he will be weighing up his future with the Lilywhites.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I don’t think he’ll be happy with the amount of game time that he’s had. He played against Red Star at centre-half with Sanchez, I wasn’t convinced by that centre-half pairing but Pochettino seemed to think they did well and he kept them together at the weekend.
“I certainly wouldn’t play him centre-half ahead of Alderweireld but that’s what Pochettino has done. Whether Dier wants to play centre-half, whether he wants to play in midfield – these are all questions that will add up to deciding his future, whether it’s him personally or the club.”
Dier, whose contract at the club runs out in 2021, has a total of 216 appearances under his belt for Tottenham since joining from Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon, while he has also earned 40 caps for England.
He has not been selected for the Three Lions since June of this year, the likes of Harry Winks, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him in Gareth Southgate’s pecking order.