After securing four straight Premier League wins on the bounce, is it about time we took Tottenham Hotspur as serous title contenders?
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are currently second in the Premier League table, five points off surprise leaders Leicester City. Tottenham’s 1-0 home win over Watford last weekend leapfrogged them above Manchester City and arch-rivals Arsenal in the table.
Of course, plenty has been said about the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli this season, but one player who seems to have slipped under the radar is Spurs’ No. 15 Eric Dier.
The 22-year-old has been in stunning form for the Lilywhites this term, and has made one of the central-midfield positions his own with numerous solid displays.
Dier was signed from the Portuguese Primeira Liga, after spending his youth career at Sporting Lisbon. Although he was born in Cheltenham, the versatile midfielder moved to Portugal at a young age and joined Sporting’s academy in 2003. Tottenham snapped up the now fully fledged England International in a £4m deal in the summer of 2014.
Since arriving at White Hart Lane, Dier has already stacked up over 50 Premier League appearances for Spurs, helping the club reach the Capital One Cup final in his debut year, also. The former Everton loanee was predominantly used as a centre-back and a full-back during his and Pochettino’s first season at the Lane. However, he’s now switched to a more natural position in the middle of the park this term.
This season, Dier has been one of Spurs’ most consistent and solid performers so far. The Cheltenham-born man has flew under the radar with numerous outstanding and dominant displays in the heart of the Tottenham midfield. Although he’s mainly a defensive-midfielder, Dier has also chipped in with four goals and one assist thus far – becoming a real fans favourite in the process.
Terrific run of form
Spurs are in a terrific run of form at present. The Lilywhites have won their last six games on the spin and are certainly the Premier League’s most in-form team. Pochettino’s troops have 14 league games left to hunt down the Foxes – they have a fifth round FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace on the horizon, as well as a two legged Europa League tie against Fiorentina coming up too.
With a move to a brand-new 60,000+ capacity stadium approaching, great results and performances on the pitch, a superb youth system and an outstanding head coach in Pochettino at the helm, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Tottenham Hotspur supporter at the moment.
Since arriving in north London, Mauricio Pochettino has been renowned for giving his youngsters a chance on the big stage. And with the likes of Dier, Alli and Josh Onomah coming through, the future’s bright at Tottenham.
Prolonging his impressive performances
Nonetheless, Eric Dier, a man who seems to play light years beyond his tender age, will no doubt be keeping his feet firmly on the ground and will be looking to continue to impress at White Hart Lane for the foreseeable future.
Written by Gareth Hinton
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