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Eric Dier’s homegrown status continues to give Tottenham Hotspur a headache

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Eric Dier’s homegrown status continues to give Tottenham Hotspur a headache

The England international does not qualify as homegrown because of his Sporting Lisbon roots.

In recent weeks it has been reported that Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer policy will revolve around increasing the amount of homegrown players in their current squad. Spurs have had to name reduced squads in the Premier League and Champions League because of their homegrown shortage.

As reported by The Mirror, it is one of the key reasons behind the club’s interest in the likes of James Maddison, David Brooks, Jack Clarke and Max Aarons.

At the moment, Tottenham only have six regulars that meet the criteria. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Ben Davies.


It has left them short of a player in the squad, hence why Vincent Janssen was left out in the summer and only brought back in after Mousa Dembele’s exit.

But one man missing from that list must give Tottenham a headache.

Despite being born in Cheltenham and having 38 caps for England, Eric Dier does not count as homegrown.


The 25-year-old came through the academy ranks of Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and is therefore not eligible. It is a problem that no doubt frustrates Spurs. In fact, Mauricio Pochettino made his feelings on the matter clear before, when discussing similar Champions League stipulations.

“It’s unbelievable that Eric Dier is not home-grown when he’s playing for England. That is so strange, no? It kills a little bit our possibilities.”

– Mauricio Pochettino on homegrown rules (The Guardian, 2016)

Tottenham will no doubt be looking to buy at least one more homegrown player in the summer but it does seem odd that an England international is somehow exempt from the stipulations.

As a consequence, expect Tottenham to spend big on a Brit this summer.

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