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This midfielder is not good enough: Three things we learned about Tottenham in win v Burnley

By Emma Sanders

Football Insider analyses three things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-1 victory against Burnley at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Alli doesn’t deserve as much criticism

Dele Alli has been heavily criticised for his performances for Tottenham in recent weeks but he showed glimpses of quality today which answered his critics. The 20-year-old still missed several chances to score but the fact he’s getting so many opportunities is a credit to his ability to find space and make good runs. His goal was certainly needed but he is still a little off-beat and it will come as a relief when he finally re-finds the form he produced last season.

Eric Dier is not good enough at centre-back

The defensive midfielder has been played as a centre-back for the majority of the season in Toby Alderweireld’s absence and he is simply not good enough. He was caught out of position on occasions and was lucky not to concede a penalty after getting his body in the wrong position. Dier is not a good enough back-up option for Pochettino and Spurs need to find a replacement in January or develop youngsters like Kevin Wimmer.

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Rose could be the best left-back in the league

The England international is in sublime form and Danny Rose could be the best left-back in the league at the moment. He was terrific all game, providing a number of great deliveries for Eriksen and Alli. His goal was sensational and when going forward, it’s hard to tell he’s a defender at times.

In other Tottenham news, this is who should be blamed for Dele Alli’s drop in form, says Jermaine Jenas.