Tottenham Hotspur reached the Champions League final but a lack of quality depth in the squad showed through as the team lost to Liverpool. This season, the club is expected to start making investment in the squad to compete regularly for top honours at home and in Europe. Eric Dier may prove more important than he has ever been till now.
Eric Dier will help Pochettino save some money
It is widely expected that someone will emerge out of nowhere and trigger the £25 million release clause in Toby Alderweireld’s contract. Giving Tottenham some change for transfer but also burdening the club with signing a new centre-back for the departing player’s spot.
However, if latest reports are to be believed Pochettino will look to strengthen the midfield and the attack before turning to the defense in a later transfer window. Pochettino will instead play Eric Dier out at centre-back once he doesn’t have Alderweireld at his disposal. Any new signing will fill in for Dier’s midfield role, where he wasn’t stellar last season anyway. The same could be said of Wanyama’s performances as well.
Eric Dier’s repositioning part of a midfield master-plan
Dier has mostly played in defensive midfield since his £4 million arrival from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in 2014. Dier has always wanted to be the midfield maestro who can win the ball and shield the defense but his weak tackles don’t suit the role very well. Pochettino thinks his strong passing can be a useful asset in defence and even played him there for at least one match last season.
Now, Pochettino wants Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to take on the onus of the midfield from the current players (given that Eriksen departs). Once Ndombele slots into the midfield, Eric Dier can fill in at centre-back where Pochettino thinks he can contribute with better performances than what he has managed so far in midfield.