Garth Crooks has hailed the qualities of Tottenham star Eric Dier, claiming he’s done enough to convince manager Jose Mourinho that he should be a regular in the starting XI.
Dier, 26, has played in all but one of Spurs’ nine league games so far and has played a big part in the team’s early success.
The North London club have the best defensive record in the division with just nine goals conceded so far and they currently sit top of the Premier League table above Liverpool on goal difference.
Dier, who joined Spurs for £4million (BBC), was recognised as a central midfielder during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign and played an important role in front of the back four.
But since Mourinho took charge a year ago he’s dropped into defence as a centre-back and that now looks like his nailed-on position.
BBC pundit Crooks has explained that Dier has performed superbly so far this season and thinks he’s a natural fit at centre-half.
“I think Jose Mourinho may have found a permanent place for Eric Dier in his side,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“I have never fancied Dier as a midfield player because of his limitations on the ball, but his commitment, strength and combative nature are such attractive elements to Mourinho. In a team often described as lacking steel, the defender’s presence has become a crucial feature in the Tottenham set-up.”
Aged 26, Dier appears to have reached a new stage of his career where he’s improving as a defender and thriving working under Mourinho.
He’s now back in the England fold under Gareth Southgate due to his improved club form, which is where he’s been solid in the heart of defence and impressed alongside teammate Toby Alderweireld for large spells.
It will be interesting to see Dier act as a more senior figure next to 23-year-old centre-back signing Joe Rodon and surely that’s a partnership that the manager will look towards at some stage.