Opinion: We need to talk about Eric Dier – Is a loan spell the final option

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

There is no doubting that the vast majority of Spurs fans want Eric Dier to re-find the form he showed back in his early years at the club.

He was a major part of the team that was so entertaining to watch two or three years ago, and has since been incredibly unfortunate with injuries and illness.

Let’s remember this man wore the England captain’s armband one stage, and one of the first names on the team sheet for club and country.

He has played in the last seven games for Spurs and has been given a rating less than 7 in six of those (Who Scored). These are disappointing figures for a player who has been shown so much faith by the new manager, Jose Mourinho.

In order to get back to his best, I believe that he needs to go out on loan. It would likely be to a bottom half of the table Premier League side, but he would need to be in a team where he can play week in, week out.

Perhaps this could be compared to Jack Wilshere’s last chance given to him by Arsenal when he went out on loan to Bournemouth.

It would be ideal if Dier could go out on loan for the rest of the season to regain his fitness, lose some weight, and regain the same sharpness he had two years ago.

That way he could come back to the team next season under Mourinho and have one last push at regaining his spot in the side and the praise of the fans.

Jose Mourinho is clearly a big fan of Dier, surely due to his attitude and his versatility. However, Dier needs to improve his performances if Mourinho is to remain patient with the midfield man. There is no doubting that he is a quality player, but too often he looks exhausted by half time.

His contract is also due to expire in June 2021 and although most fans would love to see him return to his best and then sign an extension, if he doesn’t improve, it might be best to sell him, get some money in and reinvest in some better players.

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