Eric Dier signed a new contract at Tottenham last week, extending his deal until 2024.
The England international has not always been the most popular figure at the club, but we’ve got three reasons extending his deal was a good idea…
He suits Mourinho’s style
There is a debate to be had over whether Jose Mourinho’s style is right for Tottenham – or whether it is effective in the Premier League.
But if Tottenham are to have the Portuguese in charge, he needs to have players who fit his idea of how to play. Dier is one of those.
He’s versatile, physical and diligent, giving Mourinho the option to deploy him in central defence or holding midfield.
Dier is every inch a Mourinho player, so it makes sense for Mourinho to keep hold of him.
He’s playing for his England place
Dier was an automatic pick for England at Euro 2016, and made key contributions at World Cup 2018, but has slipped away from the England picture of late.
Given that Gareth Southgate has worked closely with him and the Three Lions’ options at the heart of defence and the base of midfield are not entirely convincing, Dier will retain hope he can get his international berth back.
With the European Championship moved to next summer, that should give Dier some extra focus on the back of his new deal.
Preservation of value
Daniel Levy doesn’t let his players go on the cheap.
If Dier does decline – or Mourinho is eventually replaced by a manager who doesn’t fancy him as much – his long contract protects his value if Spurs decide to sell.
Arsenal are one example of a major club who have brought problems on themselves in recent years by failing to tie players to contracts.
Levy is shrewder than that, and likely knows there will always be a market for an England international who still has years ahead of him in the Premier League.