Consistency hasn’t always been his strong suit, but Eric Dier has been one of, if not the most consistent player Spurs so far this season.
In a defence that looked extremely shaky last season, Dier has managed to bring a sense of calmness this campaign in a new-look formation. In fact, he was one of the few that impressed under both Nuno and now Conte.
The Englishman’s ability to be a leader in the backline is what has made him so vital to the squad thus far in the campaign.
Dier was ever-present in all three recent Spurs wins against Manchester City, Leeds, and Everton. The centre-back could be seen shouting directions in offensive moves as well as in defence, showcasing his importance to the squad.
The Englishman has been a favourite of the past four Spurs permanent managers now, showing his quality and how hard he must work behind the scenes.
Antonio Conte even went as far as to say Dier could go on to become one of the best in the world in that central back three sweeper role (Tottenham).
That is high praise from a man who has managed such talented defenders as Milan Skriniar, Antonio Rudiger, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and more. It’s safe to say Conte knows what to look for in a player of that position.
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On top of that, Jose Mourinho called Dier world-class before he even had an opportunity to coach the 28-year-old (Metro). This is yet another manager who has coached many many players regarded as the best in the world in that position.
Unfortunately, Eric did not have his best game at Old Trafford yesterday as he failed to close down Ronaldo’s opening goal and played a foolish offside trap in the build-up to the second, but a small blip on an otherwise consistent season is nothing to scoff at.
Ultimately, Eric Dier’s fitness and availability will play a key part in Spurs’ hopes to make the top four before the end of the season.