Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, is confident that Tottenham will do everything in their power to tie Eric Dier down to a new contract once the coronavirus crisis comes to an end.
Dier, who was arguably one of Spurs’ most consistent performers during his first three seasons at the club, has seen a significant drop in form and game time of late, partly due to injuries and illness.
While he found himself out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino at the start of the season, he was reinstated back into the team after Jose Mourinho replaced the Argentine at the helm in November.
The 26-year-old revealed in March that he sees himself as a centre-back, despite playing as a defensive midfielder for several years under Pochettino (Evening Standard).
The England international has reportedly sought assurances that he would be used as a centre-half before putting pen to paper on a new contract (Daily Star).
Whelan claimed that the club will have a contract extension ready for Dier despite the rollercoaster of a season he’s just had as the Spurs star is just entering his peak.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds man said: “I would be disappointed if he did not get handed a new deal. A great player who can play in midfield or centre-half.
“Jose tried to sign him at Manchester United so I think he will be in his plans. He knows Tottenham very well and he loves the club.
“I think there is a deal on the table for him. Once this virus is out of the way and normality is back Dier, Joe and Levy will be trying to battle out some kind of deal to keep him at the club for the next four years because he is coming into his prime now.
“He has had a rollercoaster of a season but he is in favour with Jose.”
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I have always believed Dier’s best position is centre-half. While he has difficulties turning with the ball at his feet in midfield, he is much more comfortable in possession at centre-back when he has the game in front of him. I expect Jose to use him predominantly as a defender next season if we sign a defensive midfielder in the summer.
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