Why Spurs rewarding Eric Dier with a new contract is a smart move by the club

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

The England international has become an essential figure under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goalEngland's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring

Tottenham are reportedly set to offer England international Eric Dier a new contract, according to the Telegraph, and while supporters hope for stellar signings in the summer and winter transfer windows, the news, if true, is further indication of how well the club is running.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy's decision to ensure the 22-year-old's long-term future is at White Hart Lane with a reported new five-year deal more than underlines his importance at the club.

England's Eric Dier and Dele Alli during trainingEngland's Eric Dier and Dele Alli during training

Spurs know they have a whole host of hugely talented young players on their books, and Dier is arguably the most important youngster of the lot. Though there were plenty of success stories from last season, with Kane's goals vital, Alli a breath of fresh air, and the arrival of Toby Alderweireld a certain factor in shoring up the back-line, Dier, in the centre of the park, was essential in both defence and the beginning of attacks. It was the tactical adjustment resulting from Dier's move into midfield, and his subsequent impressive form there, that was the biggest change to the way Tottenham played over the past 12 months.

The former Sporting player, who came to the club predominantly as a centre back but quickly displayed his versatility by covering at full back in his first season at the club, is capable with the ball at his feet and when distributing. He is a powerful individual that breaks up opponents attacks, but he also stays back giving the Spurs fullbacks license to bomb forward. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan TadicTottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan Tadic

Dier took his good form into the Euros, arguably proving himself England's best player in France in what was an ultimately disappointing tournament.

There were rumours after England's exit that Bayern Munich were considering making a move, according to reports in the Mirror, and though everyone associated with Tottenham knows that there is something special happening at White Hart Lane, Spurs making it clear just how integral Dier is to their plan, both financially and via the gesture of a new deal, is their best bet of ensuring talents like Dier are eager to remain. 

Alongside rewarding Kevin Wimmer with a new contract, and it is clear that Spurs are not just doing smart business in the transfer market, but also with their existing squad.

Tottenham's Eric Dier fouls Chelsea's Eden HazardTottenham's Eric Dier challenges Chelsea's Eden Hazard

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