Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has had a difficult season, having been ruled out for close to five months due to illness and injury.
It would have certainly been a strange feeling for the 25-year-old, as he has always been practically an ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s line up over the past few years, and has hardly missed a game.
The England International missed some huge matches when he was sidelined including, the club’s brilliant run in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
It was a great moment when Dier slotted home his first goal at the new stadium against Everton in the final Premier League home game of the season on Sunday.
The former Sporting Lisbon man admitted that the strike meant a lot to him, after going through some difficult times.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said, “Yes, it means a lot to me. It’s been a very difficult season but I’m happy to have ended it that way.
“The great thing about football is that you are always learning and you can always do better and get better. Now I just want to stay fit and healthy and being able to help the team.”
After the goal, the 60,000 Spurs fans at the stadium burst into a rendition of ‘I love Eric Dier’, and the versatile midfielder admitted that it was special hearing the song after a long time.
He added, “You try to focus on the game but you can’t help but notice (the song). It was a fantastic moment for me, my family as well, something I’ll always remember.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Dier might have been forced to watch Tottenham’s exploits in the Champions League knockout stages from the sidelines but we at Spurs Web believe that the 25-year-old is likely to get a start in the all-important final.
The tactical versatility that Dier provides allows Pochettino to seamlessly change systems in the middle of the game, which makes him an invaluable option to have in the team.
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