He was 'Harmed' by Pochettino - Exclusive: Robinson reacts to Spurs star change of heart

Paul Robinson has claimed Eric Dier was “harmed” by Mauricio Pochettino but has been revitalised as Tottenham now prepare to offer him a new contract.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the versatility of the 26-year-old may have worked “to his detriment” over the past two seasons.

Dier is out of contract in the summer of 2021 having signed his last extension in September 2016.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Lilywhites are keen to tie the England international down to a new deal despite two indifferent campaigns in north London.

Daniel Levy is keen to avoid a repeat of the long contract sagas that have occurred with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – only the latter signing a new deal.

When asked by Football Insider why the versatile defender has struggled over the past two years, Robinson said: “He had a lack of game time under Pochettino and that has harmed his season.

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“Also if anyone was going to get moved about it was Eric Dier due to his versatility but maybe that works to his detriment.

“As he gets older I see him more as a centre-half. I think Dier is best deployed in a back-three.

“There was a time under Pochettino where you thought he was going to be leaving because he was not even in the squad. I hope he can get back to that and kick on after the new contract.”

Jose Mourinho has most recently utilised the Englishman as a centre-half, with Spurs switching to a back three prior to the suspension of the Premier League.

Football Insider understands fellow defender Jan Vertonghen has rejected a contract extension at the club and now appears certain to leave on a free this summer.

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