Why Tottenham's failure to sign a defensive midfielder has proved costly already

Eric Dier's enforced change of position has left Tottenham Hotspur light at the back.

Tottenham’s desire to bring in a central midfielder this summer was no secret, with the likes of James McCarthy, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin linked at different points.

Wanyama seemed to be the deal closest to happening, after the Kenyan handed in a transfer request, but Southampton stood firm and rejected multiple Spurs bids – according to the Daily Mail.

Mauricio Pochettino’s conversion of Eric Dier into a holding midfielder has been a roaring success and has rendered concerns over a lack of depth in central midfield unfounded.

But it’s not all coming up roses for the Lilywhites, with Dier’s positional change having one major side effect – Federico Fazio.

Dier’s new role means Spurs must now rely on the haphazard Argentine to cover for Toby Alderweireld as right sided centre-back.

Had Spurs managed to sign someone of the ilk of Wanyama in the summer, they would be well-stocked with players suited to Pochettino’s system in central defence.

Alderweireld rotating with Dier, and Jan Vertonghen rotating with Kevin Wimmer, would have been an ideal scenario and would have eliminated the need to play the one player left in the squad who doesn’t meet requirements.

Spurs had an excellent transfer window on the outgoing front and managed to shift the vast majority of deadweight off the books.

Fazio was close to joining them before his move to West Brom broke down - as reported by the Guardian - and Spurs fans will now have to endure his sporadic appearances until at least January.

The 28-year old showcased his error-prone ways to full effect against Arsenal on Wednesday night and his inclusion on future teamsheets is sure to be met with even louder groans from the Tottenham faithful.

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