By Noel Whelan

22nd Nov, 2019 | 1:41pm

Exclusive: Spurs 25-yr-old will be secretly thrilled by Pochettino exit - pundit claim

Noel Whelan suggests that Tottenham enforcer Eric Dier will be “quietly happy” that Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager in north London.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he was surprised to the English utility man pick up so little playing time under the Argentine boss this season and that a change in the dugout could be best for him.

Dier was linked with a move to Manchester United during Mourinho’s time in charge at Old Trafford but has remained with the Lilywhites since joining from Sporting Lisbon.

With Mourinho having shown interest in Dier before, Whelan says that the 25-year-old will be feeling confident he can stake a claim for a place in the manager’s plans straight away.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think it’s always encouraging to know when you’re at a club and another manager who’s just come into that club, when he was at Manchester United, wanted you.

“There’s an admiration there already for that player, so I think he’ll be one (boosted by Mourinho). I’m surprised Dier’s not had as much game time, he’s a very talented player, can play at the heart of the defensive as well as in the defensive midfield role.

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“I think he’ll be quietly happy that Mourinho’s come in, knowing the admiration he’s had for him already.” 

Dier, who has 40 caps under his belt for England, has played just six times for Spurs this season, with half of those games coming in the Premier League.

Prior to Pochettino’s departure, he had been playing as a centre-back alongside Davinson Sanchez, despite having established himself as a defensive midfielder in the early stages of his career.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson says one player is going to be transformed into a world-beater under Mourinho.