Days after supporter savaging, Tottenham fans react to 23-year-old display against Stoke
By Harry Sykes
Eric Dier kept his place in the Tottenham side for their 4-0 demolition of Stoke on Sunday – and fans offered mixed verdicts on his display.
But Mauricio Pochettino named an unchanged XI on Sunday afternoon, with Dier once gain named as one of three centre-backs in the starting XI alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
It paid dividends as Spurs put Mark Hughes’ side to the sword with a sensational first-half display in which Harry Kane scored a hat-trick and Dele Alli added the fourth.
Tottenham fans had trashed Dier on social media on Thursday and, three days later, they were reluctant to shower him with too much praise.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Dier’s long passing out of defence is awful, consistently giving it away. He needs to spend time watching Toby in training! #COYS
— Dave W (@spudly77) February 26, 2017
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) February 26, 2017
Wanyama sitting deep with Verts & Dier getting involved with the attacking has helped us immensely. I’m loving it right now!! #COYS
— Zeus #COYS (@superspurs34) February 26, 2017
The Dele / Dier off-field dynamic is missing this year, I wonder if that’s partly why Dier appears subdued? #COYS
— Barry (@thfc_cockerel) February 26, 2017
— RuckerHaringey (@RuckerHaringey) February 26, 2017
Dier has been a mainstay of the Tottenham team since joining from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014.
He formed a fine central midfield partnership with Mousa Dembele last season but has been used predominantly in defence since the arrival of Victor Wanyama last summer.
The 23-year-old has started 22 of Spurs’ 26 Premier League matches as well as seven of their eight European clashes.
Tottenham’s third consecutive 4-0 win over Stoke lifted them to second in the table, although they are nine points adrift of runaway leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.