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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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@AnthonyCOYS we always look shaky with dier at centre back. Delli Ali already wasteful in possession and eriksen is going missing
— Grant spurs fan (@grantybaby) December 28, 2016
Spurs fans when Toby is injured and we have to play Dier at CB: We miss Toby’s passing range from deep.
— Jack (@JackBrooksbank_) December 28, 2016
Dier at Centre Back is just, dire #COYS
— Dave (@bullydave86) December 28, 2016
Eric Dier is not a centre back. Spurs never look comfortable at the back without Alderwiereld too #COYS
— Jamie Doyle (@jamdoyle2) December 28, 2016
— James Dickens (@JamesYahooSport) December 28, 2016
Dier at the back and Sissoko on the pitch. Not a recipe for success. #COYS
— VB (@VonBlade) December 28, 2016
— D’saint (@SaintDemigod) December 28, 2016
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.
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