By Wayne Veysey

28th Dec, 2016 | 9:53pm

Tottenham fans pan 22-year-old as a liability after his display against Southampton

By Harry Sykes

Tottenham fans panned Eric Dier for his performance at centre-back in their 4-1 Premier League win over Southampton on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old deputised once again in the centre of defence due to the absence of Toby Alderweireld, who was missing for the second consecutive match with a virus.

This meant that Dier, who was transformed into a midfield anchorman last season with great success, partnered Jan Vertonghen.

Dier looked all at sea against the Southampton attackers early on but grew into the game as Tottenham gained a foothold and was one of the visiting side’s most accomplished passers.

The England international was criticised by some supporters as a liability in the centre-half position but they claimed he looked far more comfortable when he was on the ball and had time to pick out passes.

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A Dele Alli double and goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min enabled Spurs to come from a goal down to secure a notable victory and consolidate their place at fifth in the league table.

Pochettino’s team will be aiming for a fourth consecutive Premier League win then they play at Watford on Sunday, for the 1.30pm kick-off.

In other Tottenham news, this is why Spurs must make a January swoop for the final player recommended by Paul Mitchell.