'I just didn't have the commitment' - Tottenham 23-year-old makes admission about last season
By Aramide Oladipo
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has admitted that he failed to meet the standards required at the club for the majority of the previous campaign.
This comes after Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino recently revealed in his new book, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that the 23-year-old’s performances started to suffer at the beginning of last season.
Dier had been involved with the England national team in the summer who endured a humiliating European Championships exit against minnows Iceland.
Speaking in an interview with the Times, the Spurs man admits that the lack of rest over the summer affected his displays for his club rather than reported interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
“I’d never played anywhere near that amount and the Euros, though ending badly, was an incredible experience,” he said.
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“After that you have a very limited holiday and when I returned for pre-season my mindset wasn’t right.
“I was mentally tired. I wasn’t ready to put my whole body into it again.
“It probably took six months — January, February — for my football to get better and a lot was my fault, my attitude, and that didn’t have anything to do with Man United.
“I just didn’t have the commitment, the workrate I should have had, and communication with the manager about the whole situation wasn’t good.”
The England international recovered from his poor start and he went on to make a total of 48 appearances that season, contributing with two assists and two goals.
Dier played a crucial role in helping Spurs secure a top-two finish in the Premier League for the first time and also assuring back-to-back Champions League qualification.
The former Sporting Lisbon man has started this season in fine form, featuring in every single Tottenham match so far and providing one assist in the process.
Dier is likely to feature on Sunday afternoon when Spurs welcome Crystal Palace to Wembley Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has detailed an injury update about Erik Lamela.