Gus Poyet has claimed ‘no matter what you think’ Jose Mourinho will not drop Eric Dier and he will continue to be a regular for Tottenham, as he told talkSPORT (14/09/20 at 9:45 am)
Before Mourinho became Tottenham boss, it was well-documented that he was a big fan of Dier during his Old Trafford days, so it wasn’t a surprise that he played in his first game in charge – their win at West Ham.
He was deployed in a number 6 role on that day and has since played as a centre-back, but he has received criticism for his performances at the back, including during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Everton over the weekend.
Poyet made it clear that when a manager has a player he likes, he will continue to play regardless of what the noises of him are like outside.
“I think with Eric Dier, it is simple,” Poyet told talkSPORT. “When a manager likes a player, that player plays. No matter what you think.
“Jose likes him and he’s going to play. Where? It depends. In the beginning, it was in the middle and now he’s at the back. I think we have to get used to that and it’s not going to change.
“It doesn’t matter what we say, or what are our opinions. They just need to find a way of dominating the game because they are Tottenham.”
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Against Everton, Dier was beaten by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who powered home a header from a set-piece situation.
During England’s recent UEFA Nation League matches against Iceland and Denmark, Dier was played at the back for Gareth Southgate – he received a negative reaction for his performances on national duty.
Jamie Carragher made it clear, at the time, that he doesn’t see the versatile player as a centre-back, but as a number 6 [Read Here].
Either way, things aren’t going well for Spurs and if anyone puts a foot wrong, the fans will come for them.