By Noel Whelan

18th Oct, 2021 | 7:15am

Pundit blasts 'worst-ever' Tottenham player 'nowhere near good enough' as Dier hailed a hero

Eric Dier is “nowhere near good enough” to be a mainstay of the Tottenham defence.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the centre-back following his display in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Newcastle United.

Spurs produced an impressive team display on an afternoon when Dier was hailed a hero for helping to halt the game and get assistance for a stricken Newcastle fan in the first half.

But it was a rollercoaster performance from the 27-year-old, who scored a calamitous late own goal and was filmed having an animated exchange with manager Nuno Espirito Santo after the match.

Nuno appeared to be sympathising with the England international after he chested a late Jacob Murphy free-kick into his own goal when he initially tried to head the ball from danger.

“That own goal was one of the worst ever and the problem with Eric Dier is he makes these mistakes too often,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“For an experienced England international, you have to question whether he is good enough for Tottenham. At times, he looks nowhere near.

“He’s a good competitor and no-one can question his commitment to Tottenham.

“But, you look at his performances and he is hardly a reliable centre-back at the top level.

“You compare him to Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Ledley King, that kind of players, and Dier is a long way from that level.”

Dier, who is valued at £30m by Spurs after signing a new contract last year, has been a mainstay of the defence since the appointment of Nuno during the summer.

He has started seven of Spurs’ eight Premier League matches this season and now played 288 times in total for the club.

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