Don't do it - Exclusive: Bent frets as Mourinho plans new role for senior Spurs ace
Darren Bent has revealed he is unconvinced by Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho’s plan to play Eric Dier regularly as a centre-back.
The former Tottenham and England forward, speaking to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, does not think the versatile enforcer has what it takes to be a first-choice pick at the heart of the defence.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the Portuguese boss is planning on playing the 26-year-old as a central defender on a permanent basis when the season resumes.
Dier has primarily featured as a defensive midfielder throughout his career, although he was used as part of a back three for Spurs’ last two Premier League fixtures.
However, Bent is not convinced the England international is best suited as a centre-back, suggesting he lacks the pace required to cope with Premier League forwards.
“I’m not quite sure about that one,” Bent told Football Insider when asked about Mourinho’s plans for Dier.
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“We’ve seen him there before and he lacks a lot of pace. You obviously want to see him succeed but it’s difficult because you need speed, I believe, as a centre-half.
“He lacks in that position. I always think he can fill in and do a good job for people but if you’re looking at it, going into a season with him as your primary, number one centre-half then you’d probably have to say that’s probably not the best idea.
“For me, I’d try find someone else but we know what Mourinho’s like – if he believes in something and thinks it will work, he’ll definitely back himself and try make it work.”
Dier has played 25 times for Spurs this season, although only 10 of those appearances have come among the starting XI in the Premier League.
Mourinho also has the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Japhet Tanganga to call on at centre-back.
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