Tony Adams was right about Arsenal needing Tottenham star Eric Dier

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Back in 2013 Tony Adams called on Arsene Wenger to sign Eric Dier for Arsenal. Now he is starring for Tottenham and England.

Eric Dier scored an emphatic late winner for England against Germany at the weekend, adding to a solid individual performance in which he marked Mesut Ozil out of the game.

The 22-year-old has been in excellent form for Tottenham this season, stepping into a defensive midfield role with big success.

He has been a big part of Spurs' impressive form in 2015/16 - but if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had listened to advice from Tony Adams it could have been a very different story.

Adams spent time training Dier with England's under-19 side, and back in 2013 he called on the Gunners manager to consider spending a small amount of money on the youngster, believing he could solve their problems in defensive midfield.

He told The Star: "They need to find the player – either in the system or go out and buy him – to go into that holding midfield role. They need someone who can break up play when they throw everyone forward.”

Raising Dier as an option he added: "He certainly wouldn’t cost £30million or £50m."

One year later Tottenham bought Dier from Sporting Lisbon for just £4 million, which is already looking like a bargain.

Arsenal bought Calum Chambers from Southampton for £16 million the same month, and despite both having the ability to play at centre-back, right-back, and midfield, only the Tottenham star appears set to make the England squad this summer.

If Dier continues at his current rate, he will be a key part of the Tottenham side for the next decade; while despite Francis Coquelin's emergence last season, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal have actually solved their deficiencies in midfield

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