Eric Dier has an uncertain future this summer, with reports in recent months suggesting that Tottenham would consider selling him. In April, Mauricio Pochettino was believed to be willing to cash in on Dier for the right price. In May, David Ornstein of BBC Sport recently said on BBC 5 Live Sport that the Tottenham midfielder is “possibly (surplus to requirements)”.
The 25-year-old has struggled for playing time as a result of injury problems in 2019 and fell out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino as a result. Dier racked up less than 400 minutes of Premier League football and 35 minutes of Champions League football since the turn of the year. The England international may still have a future at Tottenham, however, and here’s why.
James Olley of the London Evening Standard reported in April that Victor Wanyama ‘would be sold if the right offer comes in’. He also stated that Moussa Sissoko could leave if a ‘substantial bid’ is made. Tottenham would need to replace both players in one summer, so selling Dier on top of that makes little sense. Pochettino needs to replace Mousa Dembele too.
Dier has made 208 appearances in all competitions since joining Spurs from Sporting CP in 2014, scoring and creating 20 goals. Reports may suggest Dier’s time is up at Tottenham, but Pochettino could make a U-turn on his decision to sell him. Dier needs to improve, but he’s been a good servant for Spurs and is worth keeping if two of his midfield teammates could be moved on.