“It’s going to be very strange without them” – Dier admits he is embarking on new chapter

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Dom Le Roy

Eric Dier has admitted that there is a feeling around Tottenham Hotspur that the club are turning over a new leaf as they about to head into 2020/21 season

Spurs have enjoyed one of the most settled squads in the Premier League over the last five years.

However, over the past couple of seasons there have been significant changes to the playing staff.

Almost half of the starting eleven from club’s final season at White Hart Lane with Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama (potentially to be joined by Danny Rose), are no longer at Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino, the man who took the team to new heights was replaced at the helm by the serial winner Jose Mourinho in November.

Dier, who was Pochettino’s first signing after arriving at Spurs in 2104, admitted that it feels like the start of a new era at the club.

He told The Athletic: “I was talking to Dele about it today. With Jan and Michel Vorm leaving, it felt like the end of an era. At the training ground, this season feels like a new start. It really feels like the beginning of something new.

“I was very close to Jan. We spent a lot of time together. And with Christian as well, but with Jan it was a bit different. Outside of football I spent a lot of time with Jan. Jan and Mousa Dembele helped me a lot, outside of football, we were very very good friends.

“When Mousa left, it was Jan and me, and now Jan’s gone. It’s going to be very strange without them. It was already strange without Christian and Mousa, but with Jan and Mousa leaving it feels like the end of something. And the beginning of something new.”

From a personal point of view, the England international has had a very good few months, with a move to centre back ushering in an improved run of form and leading to a long-term contract extension.

The 26-year-old admitted that he is excited to see what the future holds for him at Spurs.

Dier added: “I really believe that for me it’s the beginning of a new chapter. And one I’m very excited about. When I signed my new contract, in the interview I gave to the club, I said I feel like I do when I was 20, when I arrived at Tottenham.

“It feels like something completely new for me. I’m very excited about that. I’m very excited to be playing where I am, to be playing under this manager, to be starting with the new manager, it’s the start of a new journey. Everything’s at zero. The table is zero, zero, zero. We’re in all the competitions. It really feels like we can build something.”

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All good things have to come to an end someday and while I was as disappointed as anyone else when Pochettino was sacked, watching the Amazon documentary and reliving our start to last season has convinced me that the time was right for both parties to part ways.

The Argentine will always be remembered fondly by Spurs fans but perhaps his ideas had got stale after five years. While the performances and results since Mourinho took over have been mixed, it is undeniable that he has breathed new life into the club.

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