Tottenham are finding their feet again in terms of a top-four quality performance against Sheffield United and moving up the table once more.
However, questions are arising as to what the best back line is for the club and how good Eric Dier is without Toby Alderweireld’s experience and leadership at the back.
Although criticism of Davinson Sanchez is somewhat warranted as the Colombian has yet to make his mark in a Spurs shirt since joining in 2017, Eric Dier has proved his quality in the first half of the season and I believe there are still big things to come from the passionate 27-year-old.
Due to Alderweireld’s absence from the first team, the partnership on some fans’ lips is the pairing of Dier and the powerful ball-playing Welshman, Joe Rodon.
We have already seen this pairing against an in-form Chelsea back in November where the duo displayed defensive organisation with satisfactory initiation of forward momentum and were rewarded with a clean sheet.
The duo also put in a tidy performance against the Blades recently where they only conceded one goal and managed to avoid any major mistakes.
Mourinho’s reluctance to use Rodon in the past can only direct towards his lack of Premier League experience. Although, I hope that we continue to see the central defensive duo in the future where they can be tested against top-quality opponents in Liverpool.
On each side of an ominous central defending partnership are two very decent attacking fullbacks in Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier.
It has been very clear since Reguilon’s arrival that his ceiling is astronomical and the player’s ability to drive the ball forward to the attacking third is indispensable, especially to the issues surrounding current performances.
At right-back, Serge Aurier has made an unlikely name for himself as a consistently solid performer. The future is still bright for Tottenham if the team can scratch off their minor defensive issues and settle on a central defensive partnership.
In my opinion, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon has legs.
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