Eric Dier was a key figure for Tottenham Hotspur a couple of seasons ago but with each passing year, his performances have been on a steady decline.
The England international has played in 28 Premier League games this season for Spurs and all of them came as a central defender alongside Toby Alderweireld or Davinson Sanchez. And these fragile defensive pairings was one of the main reasons why Spurs looked so poor this season.
Most of the transfer buzz has been around Harry Kane right now but according to former Spurs man Paul Robinson, Eric Dier could be a player who is living on borrowed time at the club.
“I think he only played this season because he was the best of a bad bunch at centre-half,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“They’ve struggled with centre-halves this season. They need two new centre-halves if they’re going to compete and I expect them to get two.
“I think before Eric struggled with midfield and centre-half, playing those two positions. He seems to have settled in at centre-half last year.
“I don’t think it helped him not having a constant, steady partner. It was always Sanchez, Dier, Alderweireld. The amount of goals they let in last year, there was a problem.
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“His form’s cost him place in the England side. It’s something he needs to rediscover. He needs to get his old form back, playing regularly in the Tottenham team before he can even think about an international call-up.”
Eric Dier had his finest moments while playing as a defensive midfielder for the club but ever since he’s being used as a central defender, his performances have tanked.
Spurs are in talks with Antonio Conte to become their next manager and if the Italian arrives we are more than certain that Dier will have a choice to make.
The first thing Conte will want is to bring in new central defenders for the next season so either Eric Dier will have to outperform players like Sissoko and Winks to recapture that defensive midfielder’s role or he will have to move out and find a fresh challenge.
There are a lot of Premier League clubs who will be more than happy to have someone like Dier on board and given that he has three more years left on his current deal, Daniel Levy will not have to worry about moving him on for a bargain deal.