Eric Dier, now elected into the England squad by Hodgson, has impressed in a more advanced role as central midfielder, providing the necessary assistance to Vertonghen and Alderweireld, creating a solid defence and limiting the amount of shots faced by Hugo Lloris. Pochettino’s decision has been inspired, revolutionary and it is certainly benefitting the player as well as the players behind him. Dier can only improve and march forward, pushing for a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen’s Necessary Protection
Toby Alderweireld complained earlier this campaign about the lack of protection from the central midfielders and that he benefitted from this whilst at Southampton, playing behind the likes of Victor Wanyama – who Spurs attempted to sign this summer transfer window. But now himself and his central defensive partner Vertonghen have formed a successful defensive trio with Dier and the whole team has reaped the rewards for having one of the best defensive records of any team this season.
Trust from the Start
Pochettino has showed great trust in his young English players, Eric Dier being one, and it goes to show when Spurs have the most players of any team in the England squad for the forthcoming friendly fixtures. Dier was played in a range of different positions, central defence and at right back, from where he scored a great stoppage-time winner in the opening game of the 2014-15 campaign against West Ham. Dier has now really thrived from being part of the protective force for the herat of the defence. Without Pochettino’s trust, England wouldn’t have its rising stars like Ryan Mason, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Dier. Andros Townsend had also impressed for England with Kyle Walker also included in the squad.
A Threat Going Forward
Not only have Dier and Alli been tight in defence but a threat going forward; something that has been absent in the current Spurs squad since Jan Vertonghen’s debut season where he scored 8. Dier scored the opener against Stoke earlier this season and scored a crucial equalising goal against Manchester City which spearheaded Tottenham’s emphatic 4-1 win. Alli scored on only his second club appearance with what looked like the winner at Leicester and also a superb volley against Aston Villa, doubling our advantage in a 3-1 win.