Redknapp rips into Tottenham 23-year-old after defeat v West Ham
By Harvey Byrne
Former midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has ripped into current Tottenham first teamer Eric Dier for his role in the West Ham goal on Friday evening.
The north London club ended up falling to a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium with Manuel Lanzini scoring the deciding goal in a result which looks to have put an end to Spurs’ title hopes.
It was a performance which the Tottenham players will soon want to put behind them and one in particular will be Dier, who came in for criticism from both supporters and pundits for his display.
Redknapp fell alongside those and the former Premier League man highlighted Dier as being at fault for the goal conceded, claiming he was too busy appealing instead of trying to actually defend a West Ham attack.
“I just want to highlight this man here, Eric Dier,” started Redknapp speaking on Sky Sports 1 after the game.
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“Just keep your eye on him. Now, if he’s got his wits about him and he stays alive instead of complaining that there might have been a handball there might have been an action where he maybe could have got back, got onto Lanzini, or even stopped (Andre) Ayew, but instead he appeals.
“Watch, he puts his hands up, he turns his back on the ball. That might have been the difference between him getting to Lanzini, or even to Ayew and making that block and I think it’s something you do as a player, but keep your eye on him. Look, he puts his hand up rather than doing his job and that split second, the small details make all the difference. Next thing Lanzini lashes it in and he’s still complaining there.”
Dier, 23, has been at Tottenham for three years now after joining from Portuguese club Sporting Libson in the summer of 2014.
He has shown his versatility for the team, playing in the right-back, centre-back and central midfield roles during his time with Spurs, but many feel as though he hasn’t mastered down one position needed for a team with the quality of Tottenham.
The Friday defeat has now meant Spurs remain four points away from Chelsea and the Blues could move seven ahead with three games to play if they beat Middlesbrough on Monday.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to Vincent Janssen’s display against West Ham.