Eric Dier's poor display against City is timely reminder Spurs can strengthen first-team

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.

Tottenham Hotspur were convincingly beaten 3-1 by Manchester City.

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier’s poor showing in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City was a timely reminder that Spurs can still strengthen their first-team XI this summer.

The England international has largely been a mainstay in the first-team, with his versatility allowing boss Mauricio Pochettino to play him either in the heart of defence or as a holding midfielder.

In the recent clash against City, Dier was selected alongside the energetic Mousa Dembele in a midfield two, and the Spurs duo were tasked with pressing City’s midfield and breaking up the play.

Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur, Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur take on some water prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and...

Unfortunately for Spurs, they were convincingly beaten by a City side who were nursing three straight defeats in all competitions and the disappointment of not winning the title at home to rivals Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s men were arguably there for the taking considering their recent form, but Tottenham were out of sorts and in midfield they did not get close enough to force the visitors into mistakes under pressure.

Dier and Dembele only managed a combined five tackles and three interceptions over the course of the highly-anticipated encounter, with the latter making way with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Dembele turns 31 this summer and Pochettino will be keen to start drawing up a list of potential long-term replacements, but there is also plenty of reason to look for an improved player on Dier.

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball under pressure from Tammy Abraham of Swansea City during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Tottenham...

The 24-year-old can still offer versatility and rotate, but if Tottenham are to kick on and challenge for the Premier League title next season, they need a genuine top player in there who can offer more on the ball.

Barcelona’s Andre Gomes has been sounded out by Spanish editorial Sport, but a player more suited to Spurs’ way of playing under Pochettino would be Napoli’s Brazilian ace Jorginho.

The 26-year-old holding midfielder has been an integral part of Napoli’s Serie A title challenge this season, scoring twice and grabbing a further four assists as he regularly controls the tempo of games.

Considering Napoli also play a fast-paced pressing style, he would be ideal in the middle of Spurs’ midfield and he would undoubtedly strengthen that area of Tottenham’s first-team.

Eric Dier of England during the International Friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

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