Tottenham Hotspur’s battle for the top four took another blow yesterday as they lost 1-0 at Bournemouth. They were, of course, not helped by having two men sent off in the fixture.
Heung-min Son and Juan Foyth both received their marching orders. Eric Dier was lucky not to follow them. The England international struggled throughout the game and former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas was critical of his display on Match of the Day (04/05/2019) last night.
“It definitely showed in his performance today. A lot of decisions he made told you, I suppose, that lack of game time that he’s had.
“He could have easily got a second yellow. A lot of things he did were very clumsy. It’s what you are like when you haven’t played for a while.”
It has been a tough season for Dier. Coming off the back of a World Cup summer he has had to battle illness and injury throughout the term. A hip problem followed an appendectomy and he has looked sluggish ever since coming back.
Of course, some Tottenham fans feel that is not indicative of his fitness battle but his ability in general.
Dier has been receiving criticism in recent times with some feeling he has reached his limit in terms of ability.
Against Bournemouth, he certainly didn’t look up to scratch when it comes to chasing a top four spot.
Fans will not want to see him up against Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in the Ajax second-leg this week. The Dutch midfield maestros would run rings around him on a display like yesterday.
Dier will want the season to end, get fit in the summer, before trying to prove those doubters wrong next season.