Darren Bent claims that Eric Dier is not the standard of player Tottenham want despite his new long-term contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker compared the defender to Arsenal’s David Luiz and suggested the duo were offered new deals out of necessity.

Spurs confirmed earlier this week that the 26-year-old has signed a new four-year contract in north London as he headed toward the final year of his old terms.

Bent believes that Spurs would have preferred to sign a higher quality player but that financial uncertainty means the played it safe and offered Dier a chance to stay.

Bent told Football Insider: “At first I didn’t understand it, it was a bit like David Luiz and his situation at Arsenal in that you don’t quite know what situation they’re going to be in and how much money they’re going to have to spend.

“If Arteta trusts David Luiz like Mourinho trusts Eric Dier, I wouldn’t let them walk away for nothing and then you can’t replace them.

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“At least with these players, they might not be to the level that Spurs and Arsenal see but when you know a player, know what he’s about and you can coach and trust him, that’s half the battle. The worst thing is if you let him go and you can’t replace him, then what does he do?

“I kind of understand that deal now to be honest.” 

Dier has played 29 times across all competitions for Spurs this season and has established himself as a first-choice centre-back under Jose Mourinho.

He started six consecutive games at the heart of the defence before he was suspended for four games by the FA.

In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that Spurs are set to announce a new signing next week.

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