Tottenham Hotspur’s summer recruit Eric Dier had one of his best games in a Spurs shirt as he dominated Burnley hotshot Danny Ings in the 0-0 stalemate at Turf Moor.
The England Under-21 international defender moved to Spurs at the beginning of the season, trading Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for a crack at the Premier League.
With Spurs boasting fellow top class centre-backs Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio and Vlad Chiriches, breaking into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team XI was always going to be a tough ask for Dier.
However, the 21-year-old was making his 18th Premier League start at Turf Moor and his inclusion was fully justified owing to a fabulous standout performance.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the young centre-back was a rock in the heart of the Spurs defence up against talented strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.
Dier completed one tackle, four interceptions, two ball recoveries and as many as nine effective clearances as the hosts applied pressure in search of an opening goal.
Furthermore, the former Sporting man controlled proceedings at the back and won his key battles with the strikers, producing five aerial winners and six defensive duel winners.
Coming from Portugal, Dier arrived at White Hart Lane comfortable with the ball at his feet and his ability to play the ball out was evident as he completed 90.7% of his intended passes – the best tally on the pitch.
Chiriches and the Clarets’ Kieran Trippier were also impressive, yet it was the young Spurs man who was ultimately the standout performer in a draw which leaves his side sixth in the Premier League table.