If you saw Eric Dier mucking about with Dele Alli (who else) on Periscope earlier today, you might have wondered why he wan’t on a flight to Dortmund with the rest of the Spurs squad.
While Alli is suspended for the Europa League clash, Dier was fit to play but is being left behind in London to rest ahead of Sunday’s match with Aston Villa.
Rose and Dier haven't travelled. Rose had cramp in his calf v Arsenal, Dier being rested. #thfc
— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) March 9, 2016
Dier has played more games than anyone this season and while he’s long been due a rest, perhaps it would have made more sense against a side as poor as Villa, rather than a team as potent as Borussia Dortmund.
It also begs the question as to who is best equipped to replace him. Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele have both played in a more defensive midfield role at times this season. Which one would you trust to ward off Dortmund?