The forgotten Spurs youngster that deserves masses of credit for form

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier's performances have not received as much praise as they have deserved.

Tottenham Hotspur can add Eric Dier to their collection of exciting talents, with the youngster seemingly becoming part of their first-choice defensive pairing.

Dier was selected to play alongside Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Spurs' defence against Arsenal on Saturday, an indication that he has overtaken Federico Fazio in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Bought for a fee the BBC reported to be £4 million last summer, Dier was expected to be a fringe player at Spurs this season, but he has forced his way into the team with some consistently excellent performances.

The London Evening Standard said at the start of the year that Dier could be loaned out by Spurs, but he has proved his worth to the team and he is rapidly becoming their unsung hero.

At any other club, Dier would be taking the acclaim as a potential England international, but Spurs have so many talented youngsters that his form has gone relatively unnoticed.

The likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have all been showered with deserved praise for their recent form, but Dier deserves just as much credit.

Total TackleWon TackleOutfielder BlockTotal ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Eric Dier3427340822918141,030

The England U21 international is the same age as Everton's John Stones, a player who has been hailed as the country's next defensive hope, but he has actually looked more secure than him this campaign and Dier should be receiving more of the limelight than he is.

Dier struggled at White Hart Lane initially, during his spell at right-back, but in the heart of the defence he is composed, robust and commanding.

His displays have belied his tender years and inexperience and he looks to be part of the core of players that Tottenham can build their future around.

Dier may not be as focused on as Kane, Bentaleb or Mason, but his importance to the team cannot be underplayed and his future at White Hart Lane looks hugely exciting.

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