Get ruthless: Two Tottenham team selections which should never be repeated

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Gent's Jeremy Perbet

Tottenham Hotspur failed to click in Gent despite playing a strong side.

Perhaps it is good for ticket sales that Tottenham have something to play for at Wembley next week against Gent, but last night's performance was hardly ideal.

Following on from a disappointing away display against Liverpool in the Premier League, Tottenham once again failed to click.

While Spurs have been impressive largely this season, these performances have been frequently scattered around, and the same errors are being repeated.

Two of which should simply end, and not be made again for the remainder of this season.

Stop playing Eric Dier at centre-back

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Gent's Jeremy PerbetTottenham's Eric Dier in action with Gent's Jeremy Perbet

It is surely no coincidence that many of Tottenham's losses this campaign have come with Eric Dier deputising in defence.

Once hailed as his most natural position, he seems lost there, and is a significant downgrade on Jan Vertonghen.

He was found wanting against Liverpool and was caught out again last night, as he was in the Champions League in similar circumstances.

Tottenham simply have better options, with Kevin Wimmer left sat on the bench and even youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers. 

It's time for Pochettino to stop digging his heels in on this one and accept that Dier has not been good enough and should play in midfield or sit on the bench.

Stop picking Moussa Sissoko on the wing

Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko, Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies look dejected after Gent's Jeremy Perbet scored their first goalTottenham's Moussa Sissoko, Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies look dejected after Gent's Jeremy Perbet scored their first goal

Speaking of players who should sit on the bench, Moussa Sissoko should remain there for an extended period.

Spurs paid an extortionate fee for him in the summer but he has continually looked sub-standard.

Last night provided no change in fortunes, with Sissoko picked out wide.

Spurs should play him in the centre or not at all, and considering they have superior options in the middle, leaving him out entirely is probably their best option.

It is understandable Spurs want to give such an expensive addition and high earner the chance to prove himself, but each time he plays he makes the deal look even worse - and not better.

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