Tonsillitis can be tough to shake off can’t it? After what felt like an age on the sidelines for the fans, Eric Dier made his long-awaited return to action last night. It certainly could have come in more favourable conditions, as the midfield destroyer was called upon to replace the injured Harry Winks, yet it was still a pleasing moment for the fans.
55 – Our first switch.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 5 March 2019
Despite Dier’s shaved-head and rugged look, it seems his immune system hasn’t got the memo of the hard-man image he’s portraying. Over the last few months, the five-time England captain has been sidelined with illness as opposed to injury as the winter weather looks to have hit him hard. Now, though after having his appendix out and recovering from tonsillitis he’s ready to get back amongst it.
Even with Dier’s off-field health issues, the versatile midfielder has managed 22 appearances in all competitions this season, and with the Champions League hotting up his return is something the fans have been calling out for. It’s become apparent that Victor Wanyama isn’t up to the task, although with some match sharpness that could be remedied but in the meantime having Dier back playing his destroyer role deep in midfield things could be on the up for the Lilywhites.
You can read the Tottenham fans’ verdict on Dier’s return here:
Sheesh, midfield terminator look much Eric?
— BDK (@Wacktown_Spurs) 5 March 2019
Dier be like pic.twitter.com/1j1RAIHsj5
— wayne colling (@WayneColling) March 5, 2019
Good change. Rest Winksesta
— u'MAKOYA (@therealmakoya3) March 5, 2019
the tweet I've been waiting for
— leanne (@leannedier) March 5, 2019
Dier looks like he’s ready to kill Dortmund
— Raqz (@littleraqything) 5 March 2019
We are in the final 8
— aram (@aaramcp) March 5, 2019
As Dier made his return you could see the relief from the fans, and at least now if Winks is out for a few games replacing him has been made much easier.