Eric Dier has suggested to Tottenham Hotspur’s official website that a positive can be taken by the reaction to Spurs’s recent form, with level of criticism highlighting how far they have come.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into the international break off the back of an extremely poor run of form. They have won one of their last six in all competitions, and suffered two defeats in a row in the week before the break.
There has been plenty of debate since their loss at Brighton. Some are already writing off Tottenham’s season, while others have questioned what the future must hold for Pochettino just a few months after he guided the club to the Champions League final.
But Dier suggested ahead of Spurs’s return to action this weekend that the criticism outlines the overall progress that they have made.
“For me, the main thing is we’ve been working all together – okay, some people have gone, some people have come in – but working all together over the last five years to get to the point where this is the conversation when you lose two games on the trot,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’ve wanted to get to the point where we are considered a team that if you lose two games like that, you come in for a lot of criticism. Now, we have to embrace the situation.”
While expectations have certainly risen, it would be little surprise if the fans had a real problem with Dier’s comments.
It was more damaging than two defeats. Tottenham conceded 10 goals in two games. They were beaten 3-0 away at Brighton. Graham Potter’s men had not won since the opening day before their meeting.
Dier will obviously be well aware of the two results. And you can understand why he may want to take some sort of positive from the games. But the suggestion that the results highlight their progress is unlikely to appease those fans who are already writing off their campaign.