Opinion: The central defensive partnership that should be given a chance at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

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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  1. Well its down to you then to teach Dier how to pass to a team mate, positional sense, to get off the floor for defensive headers and how not to play as if he thinks he’s Beckenbauer, cos trust me he ain’t. In short, he’s a nightmare. It’s him that is the common denominator when analysing every goal in the league that we have conceded. Have a look yourself. It’s a fact.

  2. Good day and hope all safe and well. Enjoyed your article, although one slight error………Satchel is Colombian NOT Columbian. I have Colombian family and although picky………I now always notice it.

    Anyway, I believe that Dier is captain material and always has been. He is a fine centre half but the one thing he needs is a partner with pace. Another fine player showing his colours is Ben Davis and him, Dier and Rodon a fine back 3.

    All in all with Pierre as holding (need a back up which could be Winks)……defensively we are becoming a sound unit

  3. Absolutely not.. Toby n Rodon yes.. Dier is awful. Can’t jump-handball vs newcastle, missing the header vs fulham, not paying attention vs wolves n cavaliero scores, cant take a free kick-89min vs Liverpool n he passes it to Allison n they score from the break, and in the Corner for goal he goes down like a sack of spuds. So in just them games alone hes cost us 7points..he needs shipping out. His long balls are also awful.


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