Some Tottenham Hotspur fans have been reacting to a new nickname Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has bestowed upon Eric Dier.
The pair have sat down for an interview which is yet to be released, but Hojbjerg shared a snap across his social media channels.
The former Southampton star – who hails from Denmark – affectionately dubbed Dier ‘The English Viking’ – Vikings, of course, being hugely synonymous with Scandinavia.
Such a nickname could suggest that Hojbjerg sees his teammate as a warrior, and his performances this season have certainly painted him as that.
The 26-year-old has been in really good form in 2020/21, featuring in all but one Premier League game so far.
Spurs currently boast the best defence in the division, shipping nine goals in their first 10 games.
Me & The English Viking 🪨 pic.twitter.com/aAKqOwZDUQ
— Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (@hojbjerg23) December 1, 2020
Dier has played a key role in that defensive solidity, and deserves plaudits for his consistency.
He’s a player that has been criticised previously, but under Jose Mourinho – especially this term – Dier looks to have reached new heights.
On social media, Spurs fans were loving Hojbjerg’s nickname for the £72,000-a-week rock (Spotrac):
The best cdm and CB in london in one room
— Sam Philbrick (@SamPhilbrick1) December 1, 2020
I knew this was about big Eric Dier before I even pulled the picture up. Warriors 💪
— Mac 🎙 (@Macaully_Moffat) December 1, 2020
You just love to see it 😍
— Cal 🦍 (@THFCSZN) December 1, 2020
2 kings 🥇
— Aamir💫 (@ThatSpur) December 1, 2020
Both been awesome lately 👊
— Jim-C (@jmconnor6) December 1, 2020
The spine of our rejuvenated team. Thanks to you both!
— Matt Graves (@MattGraves13) December 1, 2020
Best holding mid in the prem
— 15-17 Poch Years ❤ (@MagicYouKnoww) December 1, 2020
2 warriors https://t.co/ZvBV6wtmh5
— Broggs (@Broggybroggs) December 1, 2020
what content is this I NEED IT ASAP🤩😍💙 https://t.co/VOAUVbP3kT
— vir🌸☾ (@avenirdelight) December 1, 2020
Oh I love this https://t.co/Mmo3OJx1Pn
— capri-son 🇮🇹 (@xthfczach) December 1, 2020