Could Tottenham’s Alderweireld be used in defensive midfield following Eric Dier’s suspension?

Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool this weekend, with Eric Dier suspended.

Spurs host Liverpool this weekend, in what is Jurgen Klopp’s first game as head coach of the Reds.

Spurs are currently on a great run of form, having remained undefeated in the Premier League since the opening day of the campaign, with a young squad full of potentially outstanding players.

One of these players has taken all the headlines though, with Eric Dier excelling in defensive midfield following his switch from defence to the middle third of the pitch.

It was a tactical decision by Mauricio Pochettino which has proven to be excellent, but Spurs head into this Liverpool game without Dier - due to the youngster having to serve a suspension.

This throws Pochettino’s tactical set-up into disarray, but there is one player who could take that defensive midfield role as his own in Dier’s absence - Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld has excelled as a central defender this season, but he has the versatility to feature in midfield, and he is the most natural choice to name alongside Dele Alli in the middle of the park.

However, the downside of this tactical change would mean the need to break up an impressive defensive partnership, with Jan Vertonghen having to line up alongside a new centre-back.

This would likely be Kevin Wimmer, and although he is young and inexperienced, he has shown some solid performances in Europe and the League Cup.

He has to be incorporated into the Premier League side in the future, so why not start now, when he has already impressed in other competitive games.

Admittedly, Liverpool will pose a tough challenge, and will likely be boosted by the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, but there are few downsides to utilising Wimmer in defence this weekend.

And playing Wimmer as a centre-back will allow Alderweireld to play in defensive midfield, providing the most natural presence in that role available in the Spurs squad, and likely doing a great job of shielding the defence and controlling the game from his deep-lying position.

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