Paul Robinson believes defender’s future is not in ‘any doubt whatsoever’

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Paul Robinson has claimed that Eric Dier’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is not under any risk despite the centre-back falling down the pecking order over recent weeks.

Dier was a regular in Tottenham’s starting eleven at the start of the season, with Jose Mourinho often pairing the England international together with Toby Alderweireld at the back.

However, Spurs started conceding some sloppy goals since December and Mourinho has subsequently chopped and changed his backline, trying different combinations between Dier, Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and occasionally even Joe Rodon.

The Tottenham boss has started Sanchez along with Alderweireld in all of Spurs’ last three Premier League games and the pair have looked solid, with the North Londoners winning all three matches and conceding just one goal.

While Robinson believes that a new central defender is likely to be high on Mourinho’s wish-list in the summer, he confidently claimed that Dier will stay remain at the club.

The former Spurs number one told Football Insider: “I still think Jose is a big fan of Dier’s.

“I think he will be a part of the plans moving forward even though I think they will sign another centre-half in the summer.

“The preferred partnership right now is Sanchez and Alderweireld but Dier’s future should not be in any doubt whatsoever. He has probably had his best season at Spurs. He started off the season very well and was a regular starter.

“Yes, he has looked susceptible of late but so has Davinson Sanchez. I think another centre-half would help, and competition for places is always a good thing.”

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I do agree with Robinson that Dier is not likely to be sold at the end of the season. I believe Alderweireld is the one who the club are most likely to let go due to his age and contract situation. However, we would need to replace the Belgian with an experienced centre-back as he appears to be our most reliable defender on the evidence of this season.

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