We’ve seen Younes Kaboul flounder under the responsibility of being given the captain’s armband and we’ve witnessed Federico Fazio come and go – sometimes in the same game – but could the right side of central defence have a more permanent look about it from this point onwards?

Eric Dier’s display against Sunderland at the weekend has been described in areas of the press as ‘commanding’ and naturally the 21 year old drew praise from his manager.

“I am very happy with Eric, and with his performance. I think he can play like a centre-back and like a full-back,” said Mauricio Pochettino.

“It was a very difficult game. To play against two strikers like Fletcher and Defoe, and then Connor Wickham, was a real challenge and his performance was very good.”

With Kyle Walker back in the side, Dier’s trips to right back will be limited but as potential cover in that position, his value to the club is obviously greater. But central defence is his preferred slot and after rumours suggesting he would be loaned out this month, is the England Under 21 international set for a run as first choice alongside Jan Vertonghen?

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Lets just wait a while, thats whats been one of the issues with football, after a handful of games people seem to think thats it! a striker scores a few goals and he’s the finished article, then into 12months and you hear or see of them! lets wait before judging on 1game!!

    • Agreed. 1 game does not make a player, much less provide a clear picture. Especially a game with Spurs having 65+% possession and very little testing of our back line.

  2. Perhaps we should consider playing three at the backs? With Vertonghen & Fazio both prone to lapses in concentration & neither blessed with any real pace & Walker & Rose not really best known for their defensive abilities, but good at going forward, there might be an opportunity to play Dier at the back to strengthen our defence.
    Our goal difference tally is somewhat short of other top teams & as the adage goes, if you don’t concede you can’t loose.

  3. Wtf,is “loose”?. Sort it out fella,what is it with the masses these days,adding this extra O,drives me nuts!!

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