Dier has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, stepping forward from his usual defensive role to a holding midfield berth in the absence of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.
The former Sporting Lisbon man has been arguably Spurs’ most consistent performer, a real testament of his versatility and more importantly his underlying ability to perform wherever needed.
On Monday, he will undoubtedly feature again in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield and he will be tasked with getting the better of Villa’s Idrissa Gueye, an extremely underrated figure.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Gueye’s superb performances this season can be demonstrated by the fact that he has posted better averages than Dier in five key midfield categories.
The former Lille man averages more tackles, interceptions, defensive duels won, ball recoveries and accurate passes per Premier League fixture than his upcoming opponent.
Villa may be bottom of the table having suffered eight defeats in their last nine matches, yet they do possess some quality, with Gueye and left-back Jordan Amavi among their better performers.
However, there is an evident brittleness about the West Midlands outfit and they will need Gueye and his fellow defensive-minded players to be at the top of their respective games against Tottenham.
The White Hart Lane outfit boast the longest unbeaten run in the league and will certainly fancy their chances of picking up all three points on Monday.