Tottenham round-up: Dier urges club to ‘fulfil potential’; England man on ‘mixed’ start; Pochettino praises midfielder
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s critical London derby with West Ham tomorrow lunchtime, midfielder Eric Dier has admitted that he won’t be happy until they win a piece of silverware.
The north London side have come agonisingly close to that elusive Premier League title in the past two seasons, falling at the final hurdle on both occasions, and Dier now wants to go one step further.
Talking to Sky Sports, the England midfielder said: “I think we should be proud of what we’ve managed to do so far, but I don’t think we can be proud of achieving anything because I don’t think we have.
“As a group, I think we wouldn’t be happy unless we won something.
“I think the feeling was positive, we felt things were going in the right direction, and hopefully they will continue to. We might have challenged but we haven’t really done anything yet.”
The 23-year-old has issued a rallying cry ahead of Saturday’s short trip to the London Stadium, wanting Tottenham to go out there and avenge the defeat that ended their title hopes last year.
“It was really disappointing to go there and lose. The way we played, the intensity, the aggression, what Tottenham are known for now, was not there that day. We were disappointed.
“There’s a history there, of them being a thorn for us, so obviously we want revenge.”
Whilst they will be looking for revenge on one hand, on the other Tottenham will be looking to properly kick-start their 2017-18 campaign after a start to the year that Dier labelled a ‘mixed bag’.
“It’s been a mixed bag really, but there’s lots of room for improvement, we know that, and we’ve not really reached our level yet. I’m sure we will.
“The season is so, so long. Chelsea struggled at the beginning, and then ended up champions. Manchester City started strong last season and then peeled off. You really can’t tell after five games.”
Dier is expected to line-up in the midfield once again following the revelation of summer arrival Davinson Sanchez, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has praised the England man’s versatility.
Injury to Victor Wanyama has seen Dier take up a more advanced role frequently in the opening exchanges of the new season, and the Argentine has insisted that his utility man role is a strength.
Addressing the media, as relayed by talkSPORT, he said: “He can dominate different positions on the pitch and that is so fantastic – he can be top as a midfielder, centre-back or full-back. Then it is up to the manager to use him in different positions.”
Tottenham head in to Saturday’s clash with West Ham with a good recent away record, winning consecutive matches outside of north London, and they’ll look to keep pace with the early leaders.
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