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Pundit warns Spurs it would be a ‘big mistake’ to sell defender this summer

Former Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could be making a ‘big mistake’ if they let Eric Dier depart the club this transfer window.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold revealed recently that Spurs are open to listening to offers for Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez this transfer window but the latter is the more likely to depart.

Fabio Paratici, along with new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, appears to be re-building the squad heading into the new Premier League season. Spurs have already sold Lamela, who was at the club for eight years.

Toby Alderweireld, who spent the last six years at the club, has also left after making 236 appearances in all competitions, with the 32-year-old having joined Qatari side Al-Duhail.

Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, and Paulo Gazzaniga have all also left the club this transfer window.

Whelan has suggested that Sanchez should be the centre-back that is sacrificed and not Dier.

He told Football Insider: “I would keep Eric Dier and sell Sanchez.

“Sanchez hasn’t hit the heights. He has been inconsistent and at times a hindrance to Tottenham. Some of his defending has been very questionable.

“We didn’t see the best of Eric Dier last season but there is a good player in there.

“He knows the league, he knows the club and he is a very versatile player. I think it would be a big mistake to get rid of him, I really do. He can play in the defence or in the midfield which is a big plus point.

“Dier is better than Sanchez, without a shadow of a doubt. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sanchez goes. I haven’t seen enough of him since he’s been there.”

SpursWeb Opinion

If most were to decide between Sanchez or Dier, they would probably say both. Both defenders feel like they are not good enough to be starting centre-backs for a top-four side. But it is unrealistic to sell and replace both, but one of the two should depart.

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