Some Spurs fans call for Poch to re-call 25-year-old to starting line-up

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Dom Le Roy

They say you often don’t realise what you have until you lose it. That sentiment accurately captures the feelings some Spurs fans are currently having towards Eric Dier.

The 25-year-old, who was brought in from Sporting Lisbon as a centre back, was converted into a defensive midfielder by Mauricio Pochettino and went on to establish himself as an important player in the side.

The England international was a vital reason that Tottenham excelled as a defensive unit particularly in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season.

However, he has ended up losing his place in the side in the past couple of seasons partly due to his injury problems and partly down to the emergence of other players like Harry Winks.

With Spurs signing Tanguy Ndombele in the summer, Dier has now seemingly slipped even further down the pecking order at Tottenham.

However, after the 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich, some Spurs fans took to social media to call for Pochettino to reinstate Dier back into the team in order to add more solidity to the midfield.

https://twitter.com/_3139391/status/1179731530521960448

https://twitter.com/RyanMadden1991/status/1179711392972263425

https://twitter.com/TEAM_BAHAB/status/1179493917697478657

https://twitter.com/JimboFlan/status/1179451382656577538

Spurs Web Opinion

Playing Eric Dier allowed Tottenham the luxury of seamlessly switching formations during games as the 25-year-old was adept at dropping into the backline to make it a back three, while also being competent enough with the ball to step into midfield. However, Pochettino seems to have completely deserted the back three nowadays, which is probably why the former Sporting man has seen his starts dwindle. Even if Pochettino is determined to persist with a diamond in midfield, I believe the team will be much more solid with Dier sweeping up in front of the back four.

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