How would Federico Fazio's reported Tottenham departure affect Eric Dier?

Tottenham's Federico Fazio is reportedly close to joining West Bromwich Albion.

According to The Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion are close to completing a move to sign Tottenham defender Federico Fazio.

Fazio, 28, only arrived at White Hart Lane last summer having impressed with Sevilla, but the Argentine struggled to nail down a regular first team place under his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino last season.

Now, with Fazio seemingly set to leave North London to continue his career at The Hawthorns, the potential deal could affect a number of Spurs players - most notably Eric Dier.

The 21-year-old, who also joined Spurs last summer, initially arrived as a centre back, but has recently managed to make his way into the first team as a holding midfielder.

Now, Fazio's departure could impact on Dier's role in the Spurs side. Pochettino may have brought in two new centre backs this summer in Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, but the departures of Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches mean that Pochettino would have just Alderweireld, Wimmer and Jan Vertonghen at his disposal as recognised centre backs.

Pochettino now has two options at his disposal; he can either move to sign a new centre back - Tutto Mercato Web report that Werder Bremen's Jannik Vestergaard is a target - in order to add depth at the back, or Dier could now be pressed into a centre back role once again for Spurs, with Pochettino bringing in a new defensive midfielder instead.

Dier's versatility is a blessing for Pochettino, and Fazio's departure could open up a number of options for Pochettino in the transfer market - yet with The Mirror reporting that Southampton's Victor Wanyama is being eyed up for a move to North London, Pochettino could choose to use Dier in defence once again, despite his impressive adjustment to life in midfield.

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