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.
Never been a fan of Dier at CB, even back when he used to ‘fill in’ under Poch. Still makes the same mistakes now as he did then… https://t.co/nDIPc8ByJK
— Chris (@spurslogic_) October 11, 2020
As a spurs fan I've been saying ever since Jose (who I like) arrived. Dier is not a defender.
— andrew murphy (@andymurphy1978) October 11, 2020
Eric Dier’s been playing at centre-back for most of 2020 and the most effective challenge he’s put in so far is sparking out Janice in Row Z for calling his brother a wanker
— Tongee 🇰🇳🇧🇻 ⭐#McCartneyIII⭐ (@FlyingThfc) October 12, 2020
Dier is a shocking defender absolute joke we didn't get a cb in the window. For all the attacking firepower we have, the centre of that defence is not top 10 standard. 7 clean sheets in nearly 50 games is appalling
— . (@yidoo90) October 11, 2020
All this hate for Eric Dier after yesterday’s England performance seems so harsh. Yes he can be rash & he’s not the finished article but he’ll be a top CB working with @LedleyKing on the training pitch at @SpursOfficial. Give him time! #COYS
— Matt Martin (@mjamartin) October 12, 2020
I see Spurs fans doing what they do best. Continually slating our own players then want to act surprised when they put in poor performances 🤦🏻♂️ Just for clarity though Dier performed absolutely fine so far this season.
— Football Realist (@FootballRealis1) October 11, 2020
Yes, class act. Will be Jose's John Terry.
— Dan (@DanW400) October 11, 2020
Eric Dier has played CB sporadically for Spurs and England since joining. Since lockdown this is the longest run he’s had playing CB about 15 games. He’s 26 and still learning the position. For me he’s shown enough good stuff to judge him at the end of this season 👍
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) October 11, 2020
Am I the only person that rates Dier at CB, surely not?
— Spurs Union (@SpursUnionN17) October 11, 2020
Dier is an easy target for England and Spurs fans to be honest. Yes he gave away a pen but there are players in there who have done absolutely nothing but not been mentioned at all. Mason Mount has been shocking, Rashford bar scoring a pen and Rice giving away the ball for fun.
— 𝕊𝔸𝕄𝕄𝕐 𝔽ℝ𝔸ℕ𝕂𝕃𝕀ℕ (@Samm349) October 11, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
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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