‘Never been a fan’ – Some Spurs fans argue over whether defender is good enough

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Some Spurs fans on social media have bee arguing over whether Eric Dier is a good enough central defender for the club on the back of his performance for England in the Nations League clash against Belgium yesterday.

It is fair to say that Dier splits opinion among the Tottenham fan base like few other players in the squad, especially since he transitioned back into central defence.

The 26-year-old is now Jose Mourinho’s first-choice central defender at Spurs, having started all of the opening four Premier League games this season.

The former Sporting Lisbon man has also won his place back in Gareth Southgate’s starting eleven on the back of his performances for Spurs.

Dier started alongside Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker in a back three for the Three Lions in their 2-1 win over Belgium on Sunday.

The Spurs defender was at fault for the away side’s opener after his challenge on Romelu Lukaku helped the Roberto Martinez’s side win a penalty, which the Inter striker dispatched.

Some Spurs fans on social media blasted Dier for the performance and suggested that he should not be starting for Tottenham.

However, others leapt to his defence and insisted that he needs to be given more time to grow into the role.

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There is no question that Dier has both the physical and technical attributes to be a top central defender. It is only the occasional lapses in concentration (which manifests itself in lazy positioning) that seems to cost him from time to time.

Having said that, there is no doubt that some Spurs fans’ opinion of the 26-year-old has been coloured because of his poor showing in midfielder over the last year and a half. Davinson Sanchez makes just as many errors as Dier but is worse on the ball than the 26-year-old but still seems to get the benefit of the doubt from the fan base.

It is easy to forget that we have only conceded one goal in open play in the four Premier League matches we have played this season and Dier certainly deserves some credit for that. I personally think he will get better and better once he gets readjusted to the position.

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