Tottenham enforcer Eric Dier joined the club back in 2014 and he’s been an important player during the transition to top four regulars under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The defensive midfielder has been an ever-present in the team during most of his seasons with Spurs and a regular for England’s national team too.
He’s a no-nonsense midfielder that can also slot into centre-back when needed and has often been one of the players favoured by Pochettino due to his consistency.
But the 2018/19 campaign saw him take a backwards step due to a mixture of form and also injuries.
He managed just 28 games across all competitions last term, while seeing the pair of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks thrive in the centre of the park.
Dier surely has a sizeable task ahead of him if he wants to break back into the starting XI, as it looks like he will become no more than a squad player in the upcoming season.
The 25-year-old’s versatility could see him provide cover in defence or midfield, but it looks like he’s down the pecking order.
He has to seize any opportunity that comes his way to get back in Pochettino’s good books and there will have to be rotation due to a busy fixture list.
Dier, who earns £60,000-a-week (Spotrac), should soon be entering the peak years of his career and has proven in the past he’s capable of being an excellent midfielder that breaks up play well.
But Winks, Sissoko and new boy Tanguy Ndombele all look formidable teammates to try get past in the pecking order.