Eric Dier has been a mainstay in the Tottenham Hotspur starting eleven in recent seasons but has certainly had a campaign to forget.
The England international endured a tough four months after injury and illness kept him on the sidelines.
Dier was firstly struck by a bout of appendicitis that kept him out from mid-December until mid-January, then tonsillitis that left him missing from the squad for almost the whole of February.
After recovering and featuring against Southampton he then injured his hip on international duty with England.
The 25-year-old’s bad luck has seen Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko forge an impressive central midfield partnership and the competition could become even more difficult if the club manage to land Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
Former Leeds defender Danny Mills believes that Dier could find himself way down the midfield pecking order with Winks’ performances this season moving him ahead of his team-mate.
Mills told Football Insider: “Harry Winks, certainly, without a doubt, he’s good enough to be in there.
“He could go on to be an outstanding player. We’ve seen him play fabulous in the Champions League, we’ve seen him play fabulous internationally as well.
“He’s a player that looks like he wants to nail down that holding role in that area. Does that mean there’s no room for Eric Dier in that role? Quite possibly.”
If Tottenham are to progress as a club, there cannot be room for sentiment towards Dier. Ndombele, Winks ans Sissoko would certainly be ahead of the former Sporting Lisbon product; who could potentially see his future at the club as a central defender.
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