Paul Stewart has exclusively told The Transfer Tavern that Eric Dier is not the answer at centre-half for Tottenham moving forward.
Dier is in his seventh season in north London and has played in several different positions under three different managers.
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The 27-year-old has spent most of his Spurs career in midfield but was moved back into a defensive role pre-lockdown to partner Toby Alderweireld.
Dier has been in and out of the team of late but has still made more appearances than any other Spurs centre-half this term having been a popular figure with Jose Mourinho.
And they’ve struggled defensively throughout the Premier League campaign with Dier, who reportedly left Daniel Levy stunned with his wage demands last summer, guilty of some costly errors, which included giving away penalties against both Newcastle and more recently Chelsea.
It hasn’t just been £85,000-a-week man Dier, though, with his centre-back partner Davinson Sanchez part of a shaky Tottenham back four that have conceded 41 times in their 36 matches.
Remarkably, they’re on course to ship fewer than the 47 they managed 12 months ago. However, Stewart has not been impressed with Dier’s contribution this term.
He told The Transfer Tavern:
“Dier is not the answer as a centre-half. You’ve got a lot of money that you’ve could recoup.”
Tottenham might have far bigger issues to deal with in terms of appointing a new manager and deciding Harry Kane’s future, but a new centre-back should also be close to the top of their wish-list in the summer window.
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