Tim Sherwood suggests Eric Dier deserves more credit at Tottenham
Tim Sherwood has told talkSPORT that it says everything about Eric Dier that every Tottenham Hotspur manager has picked the defender, no matter what is being said about him from outside the club.
Dier has had a turbulent time at Tottenham. Of course, when he first arrived, he quickly established himself as one of the best talents in the Premier League.
However, his ability to play at centre-back and central midfielder seemed to hurt him as time went on. And there was a lengthy debate over his best role as he struggled for form.
He seemed to move backwards towards the end of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, and continued that way under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espírito Santo. Nevertheless, he never lost his place.
Antonio Conte was another hugely impressed with Dier. In fact, he quickly claimed that the 28-year-old could become one of the best in the world in that role in the middle of a back three.
Some may have laughed at that claim. But Conte clearly knew what he was talking about.
Dier has been a revelation for much of the last 12 months. And ahead of Tottenham’s return to the Champions League, Sherwood lauded the defender.
“Eric’s a good lad. Everyone who goes to the football club, he’s seen different managers there, they always play Eric Dier,” he told talkSPORT.
“You can criticise him all you want, but he’s always in the team. He’s a reliable campaigner, you know what you’re going to get and it’s an honest performance from Eric Dier.”
Every Tottenham manager has picked Eric Dier
As Tottenham improve, many may be tempted to look at the amount of signings the club did make over the summer as a reason for their success. But the improvement several players have made under Conte should not go unnoticed.
Along with Dier, the likes of Ben Davies, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and even Son Heung-min have found another gear.
Tottenham boast the most well-rounded squad they have had for a long time. And it does appear that they have real potential.
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