Robbie Savage explains why Tottenham's Eric Dier was selected ahead of Dele Alli in his Premier League team of the year

The pundit surprisingly overlooked the former MK Dons starlet, picking his teammate instead.

Robbie Savage has suggested that Eric Dier's importance to Tottenham's balance was the reason why he decided to pick the midfielder over teammate Dele Alli in his Premier League team of the season, the Daily Mirror reports.

The former Wales man picked an almost identical team to the one that the PFA announced, with Alli's omission being the only change.

And while Savage explained that he had no complaints with the former MK Dons star's inclusion, he claimed that Dier's influence made him more important to Spurs' success this season.

"The PFA vote went to Dele Alli instead of his team-mate Eric Dier, and I have no argument with that. I just feel that Dier has been the glue holding Spurs together by dropping in between the central defenders while the full-backs bomb forward," he told the Mirror.

With Mauricio Pochettino's men boasting both the strongest defence and attack in the top flight in terms of goals scored and conceded, there is certainly an argument that can be made for both men to be included in the side.

Only Harry Kane has scored more than the 10 that Alli has managed during his first season with the club, while Dier's ability to play anywhere in defence and midfield has helped Pochettino's side keep that control when the likes of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose offer support in attack. 

And while Savage's selection and the PFA team have managed to separate the pair, it is perhaps safe to say that without either player, the side would not be enjoying as much success as they have done this season.

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