Pochettino singles out two unheralded players as proof of Tottenham strength
By Richard Parks
Mauricio Pochettino has singled out Eric Dier and Michel Vorm as proof of Tottenham’s strength in depth.
The unheralded duo are not regarded by Spurs fans as being vital members of the squad in the same way as the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen.
But manager Pochettino is in no doubt about the importance of the versatile first team regular Dier and back-up goalkeeper Vorm.
“Eric Dier’s value and Michel Vorm is an example of Spurs’ strength in depth,” Pochettino said at his media briefing on Thursday, as quoted by Tottenham freelance journalist Ben Pearce on his personal Twitter account.
— Ricky Sacks ???? (@RickSpur) September 22, 2017
Versatile Dier was often used as a third centre-back last season but the arrival of Davinson Sanchez has freed him up to play more regularly in central midfield, which is seemingly his preferred position.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
The England man started Spurs’ first six games of the season before getting a rest during Tuesday’s League Cup win over Championship outfit Barnsley.
“I think the most important thing last season was he was the player in the squad that played the most,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Pearce. “To play in different positions adds more value to the player and that is why we’re so happy with him. All managers love to have this type of player in your squad.”
Vorm has been the deputy to undisputed number one Hugo Lloris since joining from Swansea City in the summer of 2014 but has still accumulated 33 Tottenham appearances and conceded just 30 goals.
Dier is likely to start on Saturday as Spurs return to Premier League action against rivals West Ham at the London Stadium.
Vorm is almost certain to be restored to the bench as Hugo Lloris returns to the starting XI.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky pundit has claimed that Spurs’ players didn’t want to pass to one teammate during their draw against Swansea.