Tottenham have found the perfect position for the versatile Eric Dier and he is “flying” in their new-look side.
That is according to ex-Spurs midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about a player who appeared set for the exit door at one stage.
Dier has instead turned his Tottenham career around since the first lockdown and been a key player in the second that are second in the Premier League.
Spurs have conceded nine goals from their eight Premier League matches, the joint-lowest in the division.
Dier, 26, has started seven of those games, operating in a two-man central defence after spending much of his Tottenham career in central midfield.
Brown told Football Insider: “He’s done brilliant, hasn’t he? We’re all mentioning what position did Eric Dier feel like was right for him, where could he sort of slot in?
“That was always the mention, was it a deep-lying midfielder, was he on the right of a three, in the centre as a two, the centre of the three, where will he end up?
“He’s obviously gone into the centre of the two and he seems to be flying at the moment.”
Dier signed a new Spurs contract in late July following a U-turn the previous month from the club, who had initially been willing to sell him over the summer.
Alderweireld and Dier have been paired in central defence in the last three Tottenham league matches, since the 3-3 draw against West Ham last month.
Davinson Sanchez was a regular in the team earlier in the season but he appears to have paid the price for his own goal against the Hammers and some indifferent defensive displays.