Tottenham fans urge Poch to start 23-year-old v Bournemouth despite injury returnee
By Will Butcher
Tottenham fans have urged Mauricio Pochettino to keep Eric Dier in his starting eleven against Bournemouth despite the return of Victor Wanyama from injury.
Kenya captain Wanyama has missed Spurs’ last two matches against Swansea and Watford because of a back injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Burnley earlier this month.
He has been replaced by 23-year-old Dier in the middle of the park, alongside Belgium international Mousa Dembele in those two outings.
However, Spurs revealed that former Southampton ace Wanyama has returned to full fitness to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday, as they look to claw in league leaders Chelsea.
But fans want Dier to remain in the middle of the park from the off against Bournemouth on Saturday, taking to Twitter in an attempt to persuade Argentinian boss Pochettino.
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The England international scored the second of Spurs’ four goals against Watford last time out, with a powerful effort from the edge of the area that will remain fresh in fans’ memory.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I love Wanyama..he's made a real difference this season but I think we should keep dier in MF for Bournemouth..he offers more going forward
— Robert Potter (@spurs_rob) April 14, 2017
Play dier&dembele against Bournemouth and wanyama&dembele against Chelsea
— ~ (@Ali_Thfc) April 13, 2017
Lloris Walker Dier Alderweireld Vertonghen Rose Wanyama Dembele
Eriksen Dele Kane
Special mention: Son, Winks, Tripps, Davies#COYS
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) April 13, 2017
Dier over wanyama?
— Tubby-Pirlo (@tubz_mann) April 14, 2017
When we play 4 at the back. I believe we must play Dier in midfield since he can drop in. Wanyama doesn't do it aswell for me.
— aidan. (@AiidanTHFC) April 12, 2017
— harry loobster (@loobie007) April 10, 2017
@JordanSollof9 keep dier in midfield
— Costas Polycarpou (@costantinosp) April 10, 2017
Dier made his 40th appearance of the season against Watford, and will be hoping to keep his place as Spurs push Chelsea hard at the top of the table.
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