Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson is still unconvinced by Eric Dier following his latest performance against Burnley.
Spurs beat the Clarets 5-0 on Saturday and the defensive minded midfielder played the full 90 minutes (Transfermarkt).
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The ex-Sporting Lisbon man had fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, but he is back in contention under new manager Jose Mourinho, featuring in four of his five matches in charge so far (Transfermarkt).
However, despite his increased game time, Robinson still doesn’t believe that his performances have been that good.
When asked whether Dier had shown improvements against the Clarets, Robinson told Football Insider: “I think he wasn’t really troubled against Burnley.
“I think it was a stroll in the park for Spurs as Burnley were poor defensively and offensively.
“I think it was an easy game for Eric Dier to get through, Jose clearly likes him by putting him in that defensive midfield role.
“But I’m yet to be convinced by his form this season.”
Robinson certainly has a point; his overall performances this term haven’t been the best.
Indeed, in his three other appearances under Mourinho, he has been given WhoScored ratings of less than seven out of 10.
Even against Burnley he wasn’t that great and managed to lose possession 13 times whilst only 78% of his passes were accurate (SofaScore).
If he wants to keep his place in the team under the Portuguese, he will need to perform at a higher level on a more consistent basis, otherwise he could well be dropped.
Spurs fans, what are your thoughts on Eric Dier? Should he be in the team, or do you need to find an alternative holding midfielder? Let us know in the comments below…
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