Sam Allardyce suggested that Sergio Busquets is no better than Eric Dier this week.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he is ‘so happy’ with Sam Allardyce’s comments about Eric Dier.
The Premier League returns this weekend, but England grabbed the headlines on Monday night with a sensational 3-2 victory away at Spain in the UEFA Nations League.
Harry Kane grabbed two assists, whilst Harry Winks starred in midfield, yet there has been so much made about Dier’s performance for the Three Lions.
It started with a thumping challenge on Spain star Sergio Ramos, hacking him down early on to really set the tone for a brave England performance in Seville.
The morning after the game, many were left stunned as ex-England manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT that he felt decorated Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets is actually no better than Dier.
Allardyce felt that Dier was far better than Busquets on the night, and noted that whilst Busquets is hailed, Dier is criticised for playing a similar style; breaking up play and keeping the game simple.
Now, Allardyce – a veteran manager for more than 25 years – is more than entitled to his opinion, but reducing Busquets to that role is doing him a great disservice; the 30-year-old makes Barca tick, and his vision and passing ability are far beyond anything that Dier has shown so far.
Ahead of Tottenham’s return to action this weekend, boss Pochettino has been asked about the situation, and told Football.London that he is ‘so happy’ to hear Allardyce’s praise and respects his opinion, feeling that it can give Dier more belief.
“I didn’t hear. What did he say?” said Pochettino before having the comments explained to him. “I am so happy that a manager like Sam Allardyce praised our player. I am so happy. Of course I respect his opinion. It’s very nice words or comparison for Eric. It’s a thing that he needs to use to believe in himself and improve every time,” he added.