The Standard has chosen two players to have made the biggest impact at Tottenham Hotspur since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the summer.
The national daily newspaper suggests that ex-Sporting Lisbon star Eric Dier and ex-Montpellier ace Benji Stambouli have made the most impressive impacts at White Hart Lane.
“Has settled in well. Endeared himself to the Spurs fans immediately with a last-minute goal on his debut to secure a 1-0 victory at West Ham on the opening day of the season. Has occasionally looked uncertain but his strength, determination and ability to play both in central defence and at right-back make him a good addition to the squad. Will get better, too,” reads the assessment of Dier.
The defender has certainly been a popular player with Tottenham fans so far, making an instant impact at the club when he scored the winner in the opening game of the season against West Ham United.
He’s also made no attempts to hide his hunger and desire to progress at both club level and with the England under-21 side, who have just qualified for the under-21 Euros next year.
Judging Stambouli as having a similar impact as Dier is a little confusing considering he hasn’t started a single Premier League game for the club yet since his move to White Hart Lane.
“Looks a very interesting player. A busy central midfielder with good positional sense, an eye for a pass and strength in the tackle. At present, Stambouli is having to make do with appearances in the cup competitions but he has made an impressive start,” reads the assessment on Stambouli.
He’s been effective in tournament situations but the bread and butter of his career at Spurs will come in relation to his impact on the Premier League.
It has been difficult to judge Tottenham’s summer arrivals because Dier is the only one to have taken to the side quickly and effortlessly in the Premier League.
Ben Davies, Michel Vorm and Federico Fazio are all waiting for a decent Premier League chance along with Stambouli but in this case, Dier should definitely have the highest rating out of the summer arrivals.