Why Tottenham 23-year-old is an expendable asset, fans should be concerned
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham boast one of the most structurally solid and well-organised sides in the Premier League, beginning with a resurgent defence, and ending with a free-scoring attack.
But despite their continued quality and brilliance on the pitch, there are players that suffering.
One of those players is Eric Dier.
The 23-year-old is a versatile player, and that has its uses. But unfortunately, that has also been a problem for him his season.
In a Tottenham side packed with quality, Dier has performed in a number of different roles. He has operated as a central defender, in central midfield, and in a holding role between the two.
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But the lack of clarity in what is his most important role for Tottenham proves that they are not getting the best out of him on the playing field.
If you look a little deeper, it suggests that if Mauricio Pochettino had to sacrifice one player from his ranks, it could be Dier.
The England international is at his best when playing as a holding midfielder. He can perform well as a centre-back, but it is not his best role, and therefore should not become his regular position.
However, Tottenham have bonded a fine partnership between Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama in the engine room this season, and Dier simply hasn’t got a look-in.
He’s arguably third in the pecking-order for a central-midfield role, although he will face fierce competition once again from Harry Winks, when the exciting youngster returns from his injury lay-off.
But if Pochettino was to add another defender to his squad this summer, Dier could find himself slipping down the pecking order in another role.
He has enough quality to be playing regularly in his preferred position. But in Tottenham’s current system and with the current talent at their disposal, it is not happening.
If he’s not at the top of the list in regards to who gets picked on the Tottenham team-sheet, that makes him expendable, and fans should be concerned.
In other Tottenham news, Jan Vertonghen insists Mauricio Pochettino got this decision right against Crystal Palace.