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Centre-back switch boxing clever from Eric Dier?

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Centre-back switch boxing clever from Eric Dier?

The England international has struggled for form in Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield.

Tottenham Hotspur failed to match up to Liverpool yesterday, as the Reds claimed an impressive 2-1 win at Wembley, despite a late salvo courtesy of Erik Lamela. Tottenham will, however, realise they deserved little from the game. They were sloppy in their display and overran for much of the 90 minutes.

One player who again did not impress many Tottenham fans was Eric Dier. Playing in the midfield with Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks, he nearly gifted Mo Salah a goal with a dreadful back-pass in the first-half.

Late last week it was reported by The Sun, that Dier had informed Tottenham he would happily reintegrate into a centre-back role if needed.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Eric Dier of England during the International Friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

You wonder if this is just boxing clever from the England international. Long-term, it is hard to see him playing regularly in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield. He simply does not have the vision or mobility necessary to play such a role.


However, with Tottenham’s Belgian pair of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen getting no younger and their contracts at the club coming to an end Dier might simply see a gap in the market.

Long-term, there certainly appears to be more of a future for the England star at the heart of defence, than in the heart of midfield.

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