Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier really has been a utility player since arriving under Pochettino, plying his trade in a number of different positions.
Dier was bought as a central defender, before starting his Spurs career at right-back, even grabbing two goals in his first two games.
Eric then eventually became one of Tottenham’s first-choice central midfielders, making such a name for himself there that he worked his way into the England team and even wore the captain’s armband.
However, Pochettino put Dier back to work at centre-back recently in the Champions League against Red Star Belgrade and then again against Sheffield United in the Premier League.
Both times, Dier was played alongside Davinson Sanchez instead of Toby Alderweireld, but Paul Robinson believes this is the wrong choice.
The ex-Spurs keeper also believes that Dier will be unhappy with his game time at the moment in North London, only starting three games all season (TransferMarkt).
Robinson said (Football Insider): “I don’t think he’ll be happy with the amount of game time that he’s had. He played against Red Star at centre-half with Sanchez, I wasn’t convinced by that centre-half pairing but Pochettino seemed to think they did well and he kept them together at the weekend.
“I certainly wouldn’t play him centre-half ahead of Alderweireld but that’s what Pochettino has done. Whether Dier wants to play centre-half, whether he wants to play in midfield – these are all questions that will add up to deciding his future, whether it’s him personally or the club.”
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