Danny Mills has urged Mauricio Pochettino to axe Eric Dier from the Tottenham team for tonight’s Champions League showdown against Ajax.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international explained why Dier’s recklessness and lack of pace means his manager can’t trust him to deliver in the semi-final clash in Amsterdam.
Spurs head to Ajax looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in London last week to reach their first-ever Champions League final.
One of the selection conundrums for manager Pochettino is who to partner Moussa Sissoko in central midfield, with the choice seemingly between Dier and Victor Wanyama, although he could push Dele Alli in a deeper role.
“You need energy and legs in the midfield area,” Mills told Football Insider. “It’s a shame Harry Winks is not available. I look at Eric Dier and he’s a little bit too slow.
“Wanyama is stronger and a bit more physical, although neither of them are particularly quick. But I would probably go with Wanyama as he is a bit more reliable and solid.
“Dier looked a bit reckless against Bournemouth at the weekend, and Pochettino can’t really trust him at the moment. Wanyama is a safer option.”
Dier has had a stop-start season affected by injury and illness, and which has restricted him to just 17 Premier League and two Champions League starts this season.
Wanyama has struggled to get back in the side after knee problems, starting just nine games across 20 appearances in all competitions, but he got the nod to start the first leg ahead of Dier when Sissoko was absent through injury.