What next for Eric Dier at Tottenham after club refused to sell?
Eric Dier was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer, but he has remained a Tottenham player. Jose Mourinho is a big fan and could opt to return with a bid at a later date, if the England international continues to impress. The 23-year-old was asked about the recent speculation and the following quotes from him have been reported by the Metro:
“I think it’s best if footballers worry about playing football. I take the philosophy that if I worry about the football everything else will take care of itself.”
These are encouraging quotes and reflect a player that has his feet on the ground. It is clear he is approaching his career in the correct way and putting his football ahead of financial reward. Tottenham’s wage structure has been widely reported and it is the reason why Kyle Walker wanted to join Manchester City. He received a huge pay-rise after completing his move to the Etihad Stadium.
If Dier had forced a transfer away from Tottenham, he would have benefitted financially. That can’t be argued, but he might have suffered on the pitch. Mauricio Pochettino has developed the 23-year-old into an excellent Premier League player and he will get even better in the future. He is at the right club for his own development and if he continues to thrive, the rest of it will take care of itself, as he alludes to himself.
What next for Eric Dier?
Although he hasn’t changed clubs, his position has changed as he is now a senior player at Tottenham. The refusal to sell him means that the club view him as an important player and that means that he should be a regular in the first team. There remain doubts about his best position and it is now time to let him hone his game in a single role. In the long-term, this would be more beneficial than being shifted between defence and midfield.
At the beginning of this season, he has been used predominantly as a central midfielder alongside Mousa Dembele. The arrival of Davinson Sanchez means that Tottenham now have a natural centre-back to play alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen when they choose to play with a three-man defence. Although Dier performed well in the role, he is better suited to playing further forward.
During the last 12 months, he has become more reliable on the ball and he is positive in his passing. The England international always tries to pass forwards and move his side up the pitch. He hasn’t perfected the position yet, but he continues to improve and he is likely to emerge as one of the best holding midfielders in the league across the current campaign.
Time will tell whether the player was right not to push for a move, but based on his development under Pochettino, it is difficult to argue why a move would have been beneficial to him. The Argentine trusts him and he looks set to play a major part for Spurs once again.