Some people may find it hard to believe, but Tottenham’s Eric Dier was very close to joining Man United last year.
Speculation had been building throughout the 2016/17 season that a number of high profile players would be leaving White Hart Lane, with Dier being one of the main characters in this saga.
The speculation saw Kyle Walker move to Man City, but the midfielder remained with The Lilywhites. One year later, and the interest in the player during the most recent transfer window was nowhere to be seen.
His standard dropped slightly last season, and, although it wasn’t calamitous, it was enough for all interested parties to move elsewhere. This highlights an age-old problem in football where failed big signings sometimes damage a player’s reputation and ability.
Silly errors and passing inaccuracies crept into Dier’s game, and he looked to be a shell of the player that had dominated over previous campaigns. He still earned a call up to the World Cup, but was not deemed a first choice by manager Gareth Southgate.
While this interest may have died down, the real winner may be Tottenham in this case. They have managed to keep hold of one of their top players, who is surely going to return to his best form.
At only the age of 24, he is still young, and all players go through a blip now and then. It seems that he is going to be a midfielder from now on in the eyes of manager Mauricio Pochettino, which is a question that hung over his head for a while.
The key is, he needs a slightly more attack-minded midfielder to partner him. When alongside Mousa Dembélé, Dier can get on with more of his defensive duties, whilst also contributing in attack. It is similar when he is partnered with Harry Winks. However, when he is next to another defensive midfielder, that is when his play becomes sloppy, as he tries to force things that bit more as he assumes attacking responsibilities.
What is good for Spurs is that there are plenty of players currently at the club, and upcoming, that promise to be a perfect partner to Dier and help him regain his excellent form.
Last season may have not been the greatest for the former Sporting CP man, but the future is still very bright for Dier, and it looks to be in the white of Tottenham.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!