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81 passes, 4 clearances: Eric Dier proves unsung hero in Tottenham win

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81 passes, 4 clearances: Eric Dier proves unsung hero in Tottenham win

Tottenham’s centre-backs have provided a cause for concern during the 2020/21 campaign. Eric Dier, in particular, has a lot to do in order to convince the fan base of his ability to feature in defence.

The England international hasn’t enjoyed the best of times during the current season. Despite that, he was a regular in the team under Jose Mourinho and kept his place under Ryan Mason last night.

That show of faith clearly did wonders for his confidence and he’ll now hope to kick on. Tottenham defeated Southampton 2-1 and some statistics show Dier as the team’s unsung hero.

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According to Who Scored, the centre-back did his job with aplomb last night. He won four aerial challenges, made four successful clearances and in making 81 passes, attempted more than any other Tottenham player.

Dier of course isn’t now a changed man. He still had an early moment of uncertainty but he recovered and put in an accomplished performance for his new manager.

 

Tottenham will almost certainly enter the transfer market for a new defender when the window reopens. Someone in the world-class category is badly needed if Spurs are to progress.

Dier did showcase some talent last night though and proved that he is still a capable player to have within the squad. Whether that is as a defender, however, remains to be seen.

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The 27-year-old is a capable holding midfielder. If Tottenham do land a defensive recruit in the summer, perhaps the £70,000-a-week star will move further forward.

Dier has 45 England caps to his name and last night he defied his critics to show his new manager exactly what he’s all about.

Of course, there is still work to do but the versatile performer. This was a good start to life under Mason though and he’ll hope to kick on.

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