Could Dier get his chance at CB against Partizan Belgrade?

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The Tottenham squad is particularly bare in defence ahead of the Europa League match.

Considering the Tottenham squad Mauricio Pochettino has lined up for tonight's Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade, there seems to be every chance that young defender Eric Dier is set to be given a run out in what is his favoured position of central defence.

Earlier this month, Dier was said to have requested being left out of the England Under-21 side, where he was due to play right back, in order to work on his central defensive game back at Hotspur Way, though this was later disputed by the club.

With Argentinian Federico Fazio suspended after his sending off against Tripoli, and Younes Kaboul nursing a knock that saw him miss the game against Hull, Dier is one of just three fit centre backs in the squad that have first team experience, alongside Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches.

Given that Vertonghen is the one of the trio that Pochettino would be most reluctant to lose to injury, while Romanian Chriches only returned to the first team against Hull after a spell very much out of favour, Dier could be a certainty to start against the Serbian side at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

Given that Kyle Naughton is available for the game would also mean that there is no need for Dier or Chriches to be employed at fullback, unless Pochettino decides that he would like to see either in that position in order to gain more first team experience there.

If Dier does get a start in the heart of the central defence, it will have been one of just three appearances there this season, and considering the state of some of the Spurs defending in recent weeks, he may fancy that a good performance could see a serious claim to a regular starting role.

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