64 passes, 10 clearances: Eric Dier was unsung hero for Spurs against Chelsea
Spurs might have lost out to Chelsea yesterday during the Super Sunday clash, but there were at least a few positives for Nuno Santo to take.
The opening 45 minutes was the obvious good takeaway for the Tottenham boss. And while they couldn’t build on it in the second 45, it at least gives Santo something to work with.
In terms of individuals, there wasn’t much to shout home about when it comes to standout displays. However, defender Eric Dier did his reputation among the Spurs fans no harm whatsoever.
So often the fall guy in the past, Dier actually put in a decent performance against the Blues. And following a summer which saw Cristian Romero arrive for £46m and other defenders linked, Dier does deserve credit for standing up to the challenge.
Indeed, the stats against Chelsea for Dier show just how good he was.
Eric Dier stats show a good effort from the Spurs man
Despite conceding three goals, Dier actually put in an impressive enough performance for Tottenham in the end. Yes, his job is to help keep clean-sheets. But there were other facets to Dier’s game.
Per stats from Whoscored, Dier outperformed fellow defender and newboy Romero quite considerably. The Englishman completed a game high ten clearances as he tried to keep Chelsea at bay.
Impressively, Dier also made 64 passes – second only to Pierre Hojbjerg for Spurs – and completed a decent enough 84% of those passes.
Compare those stats with Romero – who made zero clearances and more than 20 less passes – and Dier proved he is still very much a valuable player.
Of course, Dier will want to keep more clean-sheets. He won’t celebrate the fact he had a half-decent game when it came in a 3-0 win. But sometimes, even in defeat, a good performance needs highlighting.
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