Paul Merson believes that Eric Dier has all the potential to be a key player at Tottenham moving forward under manager Jose Mourinho, but says that he needs to cut out mistakes caused by lapses in concentration.
Despite currently serving a four-game suspension, the England international has got plenty of minutes since football resumed and played every minute when available.
The 26-year-old has spent most of his Spurs career in a midfield role, but the versatile ace has been dropped back into centre-back by Mourinho and that’s seen as his long-term position.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has explained that Dier should make vast improvements working with a defensive tactician like Mourinho and feels the best is yet to come from him.
“He’s a centre back now and he will only get better playing there for Jose Mourinho, who is the best defensive coach in the world in my opinion,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“I like Dier and he’s said centre back is his favourite position. I just think sometimes he switches off there because it’s too easy for him.
“He’s got a bit of John Stones in him. He falls asleep and makes mistakes. If he can cut those out of his game I don’t see why he can’t go to the Euros [with England] as a centre back.
“At 26 he’s still got his prime years ahead of him and I think he will spend them at Tottenham getting better and better under Mourinho.”
TBR’s View – Will Mourinho shape defence around Dier?
It’s clear that need to try find their next version of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at centre-back, but the question is whether or not the answer is already at the club.
Davinson Sanchez is a powerful young defender that has shown in glimpses he’s got immense potential, while Dier is clearly a player that is in favour with Mourinho and the manager has already shown intent to use him in the backline.
Dier clearly has all the attributes to possibly be a top centre-half with his strength, composure, passing and reading of the game, but he needs more experience in that position to reach that level and to learn from his manager.