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Senior player is on a downward spiral: Three things we learned from Tottenham draw v Gent

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider identifies the three talking points after Tottenham drew 2-2 with Gent in the Europa League on Thursday night, but crash out of the competition over two legs.

Dier is on a downward spiral 

The 23-year-old has been a costly player for his team in recent weeks and simply has not been able to live up to the form that won him plaudits last term. The senior player’s inability to clear the ball effectively is costing the team. His continuous poor performances are proving that Eric Dier is on a downward spiral and in truth needs to be dropped. Dier failed to win the header for Gent’s first goal and then made a hash of clearing their equaliser late on. The England international’s form has dipped this term and it needs addressing.

Players will learn from European experience

Mauricio Pochettino has built a young and inexperienced squad which was trying to make a firm challenge in Europe. Many players, including the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, will learn from their experiences in the Champions League and the Europa League. It is the first time that many of these players are treading on the water of Europe’s elite and they will no doubt have grown as a group. They would have learned how to win tough matches away from home and ensure they can live up to the expectations in front of their own fans.

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Pochettino needs to add more quality to his squad

Spurs’ strongest starting XI would be a match for many teams across Europe, but their squad is too thin and needs more quality added to it. For the majority of the season, the club’s first team players will produce the goods. However, there are times when a lack of form and injuries could kick in. Bringing in players with similar quality from the sidelines would help Pochettino rotate his squad better, challenge first team players and provide that extra bit of spark. At this moment in time, the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen, and Kevin N’Kodou are not up to the task.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has stated his predictions for Spurs’ clash against Stoke.

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