Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has questioned whether Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho may have finally settled on his centre-back partnership at Spurs.
Defence has been a somewhat weak point for Tottenham this season, with several combinations utilised at centre-back with mixed results.
As well as Belgian duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Spurs’ preferred partnership for so long, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga are at Mourinho’s service.
Dier, who has played as a defensive midfielder for much of his time at Tottenham, has made the decision that his future is at centre-back, and he has played in that position for Spurs’ last six games.
Mourinho has gone for Sanchez alongside Dier in both of Tottenham’s games since the restart, and it has proven a good combination, with just one goal conceded, and none from open play.
Looking ahead to Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Tottenham still have issues defensively.
“Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are not being selected, so does Jose Mourinho believe Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier are the future?
“They kept a clean sheet last time so it may be the same back four in this one.”
Mourinho seems very much on board with Dier’s decision to declare at centre-back and, in the last two games, his leadership at the back has been very visible – and audible.
Sanchez also looks more comfortable having that guiding voice alongside him, and given the outcome has been Vertonghen and Alderweireld being benched, it looks like a winning combination.
While it remains to be seen what Mourinho plans for the back line in the summer, it’s very likely that Dier and Sanchez will stay put at centre-back for the rest of the season, fitness permitting.