Eric Dier singles out team-mate for performance against Brighton

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Dom Le Roy

Eric Dier has singled out Erik Lamela for praise after Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday.

Although the Seagulls were much more open than Tottenham’s previous opponents, Burnley, the game did have parallels to the one at Turf Moor last Monday night, with the North Londoners grinding out a win despite being second best in large spells of the game.

Much to the delight of Tottenham fans, it was Gareth Bale who came off the bench to score the match-winner with a well-placed header after he got on the end of a fantastic cross by his former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon.

Dier hailed the attacking threat Spurs have at their disposal and insisted that the likes of Son, Kane and Bale can win matches on their own.

He told Football.London: “I don’t have to speak about the quality of any of them really. Everyone knows the quality those three [Kane, Bale, Son] have and they’re all fantastic players and they all have the individual quality to create a moment at any time.

“They also have the quality to [connect] with the rest of the team. Gareth’s goal was a great ball from [Sergio] Reguilon and he’s finished it off. It’s great for us to have that type of quality within all areas.

“I think we have a lot of depth. We also have Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Lamela who I thought was fantastic today again, the effort he puts in is incredible. We’ve got a lot of options upfront to do different things.”

The central defender also admitted his delight in seeing Bale get off the mark in his second spell at the club and echoed Jose Mourinho’s thoughts about the Welshman looking really sharp.

When asked about the 31-year-old’s winner, Dier added: “It’s great. You’ll have to ask him how he feels but I’m sure he feels great to get his first goal. He’s up and running again.

“He’s obviously getting his match fitness back and he’s looking better and feeling better every time. We’re very excited to have him here and obviously he’s helped the team massively today.”

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Many Spurs fans would have considered Lamela to be surplus to requirements after the attacking additions we made in the summer transfer window. Few would have expected Lamela to move above likes of Bergwijn and Dele Alli in the pecking order.

However, Jose has always admitted to being a fan of the Argentine, which is understandable given his intensity and work rate. He is the great squad player to have around since he always makes an impact when he comes off the bench, while his versatility allows him to cover for multiple positions.

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