Former Premier League manager Darren Moore was critical of Tottenham’s Eric Dier for his role in Everton’s winning goal yesterday afternoon.
The Toffees came away with all three points after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 55th-minute header proved the difference between the teams in north London, giving Carlo Ancelotti’s men a 1-0 victory (as per Sky Sports).
Moore, who had a caretaker spell in the top flight at West Brom in 2018 before getting the job permanently the following season, was working as a pundit for Sky Sports and he called out Dier for letting the Everton striker beat him in the air to score the winner.
He said [via Football.London]: “For a striker to be heading the ball, going in between your two centre-backs…me speaking as a former centre-back, I’d be very disappointed with that.
“We spoke about Eric Dier, and if he wants to play at centre-back, those are the things, he has to make first contact at the ball. Calvert-Lewin gets up and attacks the ball when they are all waiting.
“He attacks it and jumps early, it’s a great header, but from Jose’s point of view, I imagine there will be words spoken about that because, from a defending point of view, it’s a basic elementary mistake by the two centre-backs.”
Do you trust Eric Dier to start at centre-back?
Moore’s criticism of Dier’s involvement in the goal is understandable, as the Tottenham centre-back needed to be much stronger and more decisive in dealing with the set piece rather than letting his marker get the jump on him to deliver the game’s telling moment.
Indeed, that error was indicative of a day that the 26-year-old may want to forget, as he won just three of his seven aerial duels and three out of nine duels in total. He was also dribbled past twice and failed to win a tackle against the Toffees. [via Sofascore]
The England international may be a defensive midfielder conventionally but it isn’t as if he was thrown in at the deep end to play at centre-back yesterday – according to TransferMarkt, that was his 100th career appearance in a central defensive role. Indeed, Dier himself publicly stated earlier this year that he sees it as his best position.
Unfortunately, his case won’t have been helped by being beaten in the air by Calvert-Lewin for the moment that cost Spurs the match against Everton, and the 26-year-old cannot afford a repeat of lapses like that if Jose Mourinho is to stick with him as one of his starting centre-backs.
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