Is Fazio's Spurs place in danger amid Dier's recent form?

The 21-year-old has impressed since being called into his natural centre-back position at Tottenham Hotspur.

Eric Dier's form has been solid since returning to his natural centre-back position at White Hart Lane.

The 21-year-old started the season there but only for less than a match, as a Kyle Naughton sending off meant he was shifted out to right-back. There, he underwhelmed for Tottenham. But, since deputising for the ill Federico Fazio, Dier has looked superb in the middle.

So much so that Spurs fans should feel entitled to be excited about his future. And so much so that Dier is already looking like Tottenham's second-choice centre-back - behind Fazio and Jan Vertonghen but ahead of the rest of the chasing pack.

When it comes to Fazio, however, Dier's impressive form might just mean his starting spot is no longer guaranteed.

It is through chance that the Argentine has lost his place in the Spurs side - illness ruled him out against Sunderland and then Sheffield United. But managers like Mauricio Pochettino know that a man in form is not someone you take out of a starting XI just like that.

In impressing during both the cup and league, Dier may just have earned himself the chance to prove he can keep Fazio out of the side. It will be intriguing to see how Pochettino handles the situation, even if the 21-year-old is still mainly considered one for the future.

In the meantime, Dier's focus - the FA Cup clash at the weekend aside - is finishing the job at Sheffield United next week, according to Tottenham's official website.

He said: “Going to their place with a win and a clean sheet is important, though. Perhaps 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline but you could say 2-0 would have been a dangerous scoreline too, so that will keep us on our toes for the second leg.”

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