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Tottenham should switch formation to avoid playing Eric Dier in defence

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

There are concerns about Tottenham's defence with Toby Alderweireld still out.

Eric Dier of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley Stadium on November 25, 2017 in London, England.

When it was revealed that Toby Alderweireld would be out for longer than expected with a thigh injury there was fear amongst Tottenham Hotspur supporters regarding the club's defensive options.

Jan Vertonghen is an established performer, while Davinson Sanchez has settled in quickly following his summer switch from Ajax, but concerns persist about Eric Dier's capabilities at centre-back.

The England international has much experience of playing in defence and was often deployed there as a youngster but he has looked vulnerable at times of late.

Eric Dier of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

With 19-year-old Juan Foyth seemingly deemed to not yet be ready for the rigours of the Premier League, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has little choice but to carry on playing Dier if he persists with a three-man defence.

However, by switching to a back four, Dier could move into midfield, where he is far more comfortable, and Tottenham could also become more resilient defensively as a consequence.

Eric Dier of Spurs in action during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

Pochettino may be apprehensive about such an idea as it would mean altering Tottenham's attacking options slightly, but with regards to the defence it is the best option to take, at least until Alderweireld is back available.

Tottenham, who had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, are back in action tomorrow night when they face Leicester City away.

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