Gary Mabbutt praised Tottenham’s Eric Dier for his performance at the weekend against Aston Villa.
The midfielder was recalled to the starting XI on Sunday for the 3-2 victory away to Villa and it was the first time he had started a Premier League fixture since December.
Manager Jose Mourinho has opted to leave the 26-year-old fairly frequently in recent weeks, but gave him a chance alongside Harry Winks in the centre of the park.
Dier lasted until the hour mark until he was substituted off and attacking teammate Heung-Min Son went on to score a stoppage time winner.
The defensive midfielder will have been delighted to be back in the starting line up against Villa and will hope it’s a sign of more to come.
Former Spurs defender Mabbutt believes that he offered a decent balance to the team.
“I thought having Eric [Dier ] in midfield worked well for us. If Villa were intent on attacking us they knew our counter-attacking game with Moura, Son and players getting forward would cause them problems,” Mabbutt told Love Sport Radio.
Dier certainly wasn’t spectacular with his impact against Villa, but did the basic things well and provides a solid base deep in the midfield.
He can offer some extra steel in the midfield with his physicality and help provide cover in front of the back four, which is a real option to consider for certain fixture.
But Spurs are better off in other matches when they bring in the extra creative flair of someone like Giovani Lo Celso or Gedson Fernandes.
Mourinho did at least give Dier some encouragement by recalling him at the weekend and that should give him a personal boost.