‘He’s awful’ – Pundit claims Spurs will not succeed with player in defence

Eric Dier
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Frank McAvennie has suggested that Tottenham will struggle to succeed with Eric Dier in defence, and has claimed the centre-back is ‘not good enough’. 

The 27-year-old started in Tottenham’s latest showing, in which they were picked apart by Manchester United in a 3-0 defeat on Saturday evening. 

In fact, he has started every Premier League game so far for Spurs this season, while he was also put up for the Player of the Month award in August. 

Dier has formed a partnership at centre-back with summer signing Cristian Romero, after being given the nod in the heart of defence under Nuno Espirito Santo. It remains to be seen whether than continues under Antonio Conte.

Although he has managed to cement his place in the side over the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon, former West Ham striker McAvennie is not convinced Dier is good enough to be a reliable option for Spurs if they are to be successful. 

He told Football Insider: “Where do you start with Eric Dier? He’s not a midfielder and he’s certainly not a defender. Tottenham fans are wondering why their team keeps losing.

“It’s because players like Dier are still there. He’s not good enough, it’s that simple. 

“He doesn’t get in the England squad and England have two decent centre-backs at a push. He’s nowhere near. Tottenham will not succeed with Dier in the team. He’s awful.

“It’s plain to see he’s not good enough. I really don’t understand how he gets a game.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Dier has not been that bad in all honesty this season, but he struggled against United especially. Spurs do need to keep freshening up the squad as it is quite obvious that it has gone stale from the point Mauricio Pochettino left.

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