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Stats put Dier way ahead of Henderson

8:35 am

Stats Put Eric Dier Way Ahead of Jordan Henderson

Spurs' Eric Dier better overall stats then Liverpool's Jordan Henderson

There is a debate, mainly between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool fans as to who should play the defensive midfield role for England at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

I have taken a look at the Premier League statistics for the two players, Eric Dier (Spurs) and Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) and they were very revealing.

There is far more between the two players than you would realise and quite frankly, Eric Dier wins hands down. Not only is he better defensively, he passes forward more often than Henderson too.

Dier beats the Liverpool captain in most aspects of the game.

See for yourself.

Eric Dier vs Jordan Henderson

Eric Dier
Played 34
Minutes Played 2,670

Jordan Henderson
Played 27
Minutes Played 2,095

Eric Dier
Passes 2,078
Forward Passes 1,504 (72%)
Backward Passes 571 (27%)
Pass Completion 86%
Key Passes 13

Jordan Henderson
Passes 1,720
Forward Passes 1,115 (65%)
Backward Passes 597 (35%)
Pass Completion 84%
Key Passes 19

Eric Dier
Tackles Won 41 (43%)
Tackles Lost 55
Successful Take Ons 86%
Aerial Duels Won 57%
Total Duels Won 50%
Fouls Committed 21 (1 every 127 minutes)

Eric Dier
Interceptions 46
Blocks 9
Clearances 88
Jordan Henderson
Interceptions 26
Blocks 2
Clearances 23
Jordan Henderson
Tackles Won 30 (32%)
Tackles Lost 64
Successful Take Ons 53%
Aerial Duels Won 69%
Total Duels Won 42%
Fouls Committed 21 (1 every 95 minutes)

Eric Dier

Assists 2
Chances Created 15
Total Shots 29
Shot Accuracy 32%

Jordan Henderson
Assists 1
Chances Created 20
Total Shots 13
Shot Accuracy 33%

Clearly, it should be Dier who plays with Henderson as his understudy. Guess that's why the captaincy was a choice between Harry Kane and Eric Dier.


Stats put Dier way ahead of Henderson Stats put Dier way ahead of Henderson Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:35 am Rating: 5

Will Barrios signing mean Dier moves to Dembélé role?

8:00 pm

Will Barrios signing mean Dier moves to Dembélé role?

A new role for Eric Dier at Spurs next season?

Eric Dier could be about to move into a new role at Tottenham next season if the signing of Colombian defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios goes through. First a look at Barrios.

The video tracking the movement of Wilmar Barrios starts at 7:21 and shows his individual game for Boca Juniors against Cerro. There are several movement video which are worth a look so I'll post some more to return and view.

People are asking what this means for Victor Wanyam or Eric Dier, that we don't need three defensive midfielders.

Eric Dier could operate in a back three if we switch to that more often next season or he could move into the Mousa Dembélé role. Mauricio Pochettino once said that he needs to look at Iniesta. He has a good cross, along with Trippier, the best at the club and he can see a pass.

He has the defensive qualities we know, but I see no reason why he couldn't also play the link role. You don't have to have a Dembélétype player, playing the Dembélé link role, other clubs don't.

I also think Dier would be better in the final third, he certainly possesses a greater scoring threat and Dembélé doesn't play that many cutting balls around the opposition box, he is more of a player to get us there and keep us there.

The switching of play element of his game, anyone can do, Ryan Mason did it and at a greater pace than Dembélé. Destroyer to a creator, can he?

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Kondogbia and Dier

12:30 pm


Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport report that 24-year-old (25 next February) Tottenham Hotspur target Geoffrey Kondogbia has asked to leave Inter Milan this summer transfer window and is reported to have handed in a transfer request, which players don't generally do unless they have a club lined up that they want to go to.

Who that club is we don't know and the Milan-based newspaper, which is the third highest circulation newspaper in Italy, don't tell us. The French international (he has 5 full international caps) was a target of ours before he moved to Inter on 21 June 2015 for £27.97 million (€31m - AUS$46.03m - US$36.5m) and is also of interest to Liverpool.

Spurs midfielder Eric Dier is a £50 million (€55.41m - AUS$82.28m - US$65.24m) target for German giants Bayern Munich, however Spurs are reluctant to sell another first team player this summer. Manchester United have tried and failed to prise the 23-year-old (24 next January) away from Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs, I would have thought we would value him above Kyle Walker.

The CIES Football Observatory update their calculated transfer values weekly and suggest he could currently be worth £62.71 million (€69.5m - AUS$103.2m - US$81.83m) in today's market with his length of existing contract.


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Spurs should sell Dier

9:03 am


Spurs should sell Dier if £60m is offered

There is much being made of Eric Dier reportedly telling friends he is excited by the prospect of working under Jose Mourinho, although in this day and age, that could simply b a story put out by the Old Trafford club.

The suggestion is that he is now the man they want and are willing to pay £40 million, today that figure seems to have shot up to £60 million and a hoped for deal at £50 million, the figure incorrectly previously reported as Levy telling United how much we wanted. Certainly, if we are to sell him, then United should have to pay through the nose to get him, just as City should to get Kyle Walker.

The news today proves we never quoted United a figure, which anyone with common sense would know. If you don't want to sell, you don't put valuations on players and you don't quote figures, the minute you do you are telling opponents a player is for sale.

If Ed Woodward, the man conducting Manchester United's transfer business, wants to offer us £60 million, as reports suggest they are willing to pay, then I personally would sell, having first lined up a replacement.

Eric Dier is young and versatile, he isn't the only one and I'm sure we could replace him with an equal for far less than the money we would receive for him. It is a policy Monchi used at Sevilla to great effect while still winning 5 UEFA Europa League titles, a Copa del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup and a European Super Cup.

As a centre-back in a back-four he isn't at the top level, he makes mistakes, he is less exposed defensively in a back-three as he plays on the right and was ousted from his defensive midfield position by Victor Wanyama, who has stepped up his game since joining us from Southampton.

Selling him would be a blow, it is disappointing if he wants to leave and we have to evaluate how much he wants to leave. Wanyama didn't perform for Southampton when he wasn't allowed to join us. I don't see Dier downing tools in that way but Pochettino has to determine how happy he would be if he was forced to stay.

If he were let go, then I'd only accept £50 million plus at least £10 million of add-ons. I'd want included £5 million if Manchester United won the Premier League title any time within the next 5 years, £5 million if they won the UEFA Champions League or even made the final, a figure if they achieve UEFA Champions League qualification, plus figures for number of performances  and other trophies won.

Are there any United players we would want? Should we ask for Anthony Martial plus cash for instance with United reportedly wanting £30 million for him?

That actually shows the figures our press quote to be wildly wrong. He cost United, as far as I am aware, £58 million including add-ons. Those add-ons are not payable as targets were not met, so he will only have cost the basic fee, plus perhaps a small amount for trophies won.

We try to structure big buys in the same way, the more add-ons and that reduce the basic fee the better, not when we are selling though, then we want both as high as possible.

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7 pieces of Transfer Talk

8:30 am



Jose Mourinho is thought to be ready to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid and replace him with Ederson. Lazio have told Manchester United that they will sell Stefan de Vrig but want £25 million for him, even though he only has a year left on his contract. The 25-year-old (26 next February) Dutch international ( he has 30 caps and has scored 3 goals) has a host of clubs to choose from.

The Sunday Express are trying to tell us that Chelsea are struggling to keep hold of Antonio Conte, which is complete horse manure. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport write that Inter Milan have been unable to convince Conte to join them.

The Star on Sunday is as unreliable as the Star in midweek, now telling us that Spurs rejected a Manchester United bid of £50 million for Eric Dier in January. Why are we getting reports that they will offer £40 million now then! No chance of it being accepted, still it keeps the journalists amused.

The Sunday Mirror tell us we are planning to ditch Georges-Kevin N'Koudou who has admitted he has not had the winning mentally in training that we require. The same newspaper tell us that Newcastle United are planning an attempt to sign Tottenham linked 25-year-old (26 in June) striker Andre Gray from Burnley.

They also tell us that Jurgen Klopp is closing in on a £12 million deal for 20-year-old (21 in June) Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. He is frustrated by his lack of game time which could suggest he thinks he is netter than he is, which could be a mental issue for his potential suitors, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tuttosport reveal that Juventus have agreed personal terms with Tottenham target and Sampdoria striker Patrick Schick. No surprise there then, fully expected him to stay in Italy.

French newspaper L'Equipe report that Olympique Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has announced h i's leaving this summer. Er yes we know, he has an agreement to join Atletico Madrid should, as expected, their transfer ban is overturned.

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Walker, Rose, Alli, Dier as good as Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets

7:00 pm

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola needs no introduction after his exploits at Barcelona and then guiding Bayern Munich to success. Now he has the task of rebuilding Manchester City and he wants to build it with an English identity.

The Spaniard compared four Spurs players, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Eric Dier to the famous four, Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, and Sergio Busquets, saying the English players were on the same level.

“From my experience in Spain and Germany and now here, you cannot imagine how good the young players here are. Like I could not imagine the generation of Lampard, (Michael) Carrick, Scholes, (John) Terry, Gerrard, (Rio) Ferdinand, they had the talent to do something more. 
“As a spectator, I don’t understand. For example, compare it with Spain who always talk about the generation of Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, (Sergio) Busquets. 
“Those English players are of the same level. So you ask yourself, why not? Walker, Rose, Alli, (Eric) Dier, John Stones, Raheem, they are top. The quality is there and they have the quality at U19 and U21 too. The talent is there, I have no doubts about that. They need to make that step.”

Recent news has suggested that Guardiola has now turned his attention away from Danny Rose to 23-year-old (24 in June) Schalke 04 and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac, no doubt having been told there is absolutely no chance of signing Danny Rose.

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Rose has already expressed his desire to stay at Spurs at least until the end of his contract and is as close as any player to Pochettino, something the Spurs players all joke about. Equally Kyle Walker has an affinity with the club, while Alli and Dier are loving being part of a young talented group of players getting on so well and working in an environment where they are improving as players under the direction of a top coach.

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Walker, Rose, Alli, Dier as good as Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets Walker, Rose, Alli, Dier as good as Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

Transfer talk: Two Spurs stars wanted

9:53 am


A sure sign you are doing well is when other big clubs want your players and Jose Mourinho has work to do to turn Manchester United back into the force they were. To be fair, they were only a force because they had one of the best managers the Premier League has seen in Sir Alex Ferguson.

He built several sides, one home grown, others bought, but winning the Premier League with an average side before he retired was an underestimated achievement and one that makes him stand out. People also forget where united were when he took over, they were a mid-table side and he helped rebuild the club to create the environment for success. That didn't happen overnight, the fans were calling for his head before a trophy saw them change their tune.

Other managers, at various clubs, fail to have success when they have money to burn so it isn't as simple as buy the best players, you still have to get them to play together in a system that works. Take David Moyes, the players turned against him so he had no chance of success. He couldn't handle players on high wages, they didn't think he had what it took.

Mourinho is now reported to be targeting Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier. Belgian Alderweireld has yet to sign a new contract and wants parity with the top earners at the club. There is no suggestion he won't sign a new deal and he will be aware of the United interest and the package they are prepared to offer, indeed that may be fueling his wage demands.

Cameron Carter-Vickers will get more opportunity next season but Alderweireld is important to our defence. He and Jan Vertonghen have formed an impressive pairing, although now we have generally switched to a back three which includes the other United wanted player, Eric Dier.

Playing for England he played in his defensive midfield role and it may be there that Mourinho sees him playing. At the moment we have Wanyama there and Dier in a back three, yet he hasn't always impressed at centre-back, at least not in a centre-back pairing, in a three he has less opportunity to make a telling mistake.

Pochettino will have to be mindful of what Dier wants and where he sees himself playing, but at the moment he seems happy wherever he plays. That is all about being happy in the environment and having a feeling for the club as a result.

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£119m Kane is 6th most valuable player in Europe

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The CIES Football Observatory have developed an algorithm that a large part of the time accurately predicts the transfer value of players across the five top-tier leagues. Obviousl;y Chinese Super League money is now going to make a mockery of that but it is still a good indicator in Europe.

They state 'The statistical model through which fair prices are calculated includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones.'

Their list shows 4 Tottenham Hotspur players in the top 30.
How does this compare to other clubs?
Real Madrid 4
Barcelona 3
Manchester City 3
Manchester United 2
Atletico Madrid 2
Juventus 2
Chelsea 2
Arsenal 2
Borussia Dortmund 2
Leicester City 1
Inter Milan 1
Everton 1
Bayern Munich 1

Spurs have two players listed before Chelsea or Arsenal have one with Paul Pogba at Manchester United as the only English-based played above the Tottenham pair.

Harry Kane is the 6th most valuable player in Europe at £119 million (€135.2m - AUS$191.82m - US$143.33m), Cristiano Ronaldo 7th, Paulo Dybala 8th and Dele Alli 9th £97.28 million (€110.5m - AUS$156.76m - US$117.15m).

Christian Eriksen is in 26th £62.33 million (€70.8m - AUS$100.41m - US$75.06m), Eric Dier is 29th £62.33 million (€69.5m - AUS$100.42m - US$73.68m).

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The gutter press still trying to stir it

12:02 pm
The gutter press still trying to stir it

Our gutter press do like to try and create problems for clubs and players where there aren't any, just to run with a story they have invented.

As any fan with half a brain knows, every single club watches players all the time. It doesn't mean they have any intention of buying them, bidding for them or even making an inquiry for them. Of course in journalism land it means a bid is imminent, it means a club are preparing an XYZ bid, which is simply as assumption on their part.

Clubs are watching Eric Dier, so what. he isn't for sale, he has just signed a new contract, showing he is happy at Spurs, yet the press are now trying to unsettle him by running with pure guesswork that he is unhappy. There is absolutely no evidence to show that and no evidence has been produced, just a journalists incorrect assumption.

Mauricio Pochettino then has to field questions about a supposedly unhappy player who isn't unhappy, he has been playing every game for two months.

"I never hear from him that he wasn't happy. When he was playing like a midfielder, centre-back, full-back, he has never come to say to me: 'I'm not happy to play in that position'. We are talking about rumours so it's too difficult to say things. 
"Eric Dier, for me, he's 22 years old, he's a player that arrived as a 19-year-old here and after two years and a half, he has played more than 40 games every season. Like all the younger players, sometimes you can use him in a different position but his quality... he's a player that can play in a different position and that is important for every coach. 
"We'll see in the future which position can give his best football but for me he's a player that can play as a centre-back, a midfielder, sometimes like a full-back. The most important thing for the young players is to be in the starting XI and play and try to improve with regular games."

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The gutter press still trying to stir it The gutter press still trying to stir it Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:02 pm Rating: 5

Pochettino: Dier not for sale

12:30 pm

The Sporting Life tell us that Eric Dier has been in and out of Pochettino's team lately which is news to me, given he has been playing at centre-back since Toby Alderweireld was injured by Jan Vertonghen in October. Quite how you are in and out of a side when you have been playing every game for 2 months is a mystery.

Anyway, the news is that Mauricio Pochettino says there is no chance of Eric Dier moving amid nothing more than journalistic speculation. But then we all knew that anyway didn't we. It was always a non-story.

"Absolutely not. Eric Dier is our player. He extended his contract and improved his salary after the Euros. There is no doubt that his future is here at Tottenham."

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Dier is clearly happy at Spurs

2:30 pm


The emergence of Victor Wanyama has displaced Eric Dier so far this season, although Dier has had to deputise for the injured Toby Alderweireld at centre-back since October.

That has attracted the attention of some top clubs, Chelsea and Bayern Munich according to The Times. The usual guesswork is applied that he fears a lack of game time will hinder his England chances under new national boss Gareth Southgate. How many times have we heard that line trotted out to try and justify a made up story?

The reporter then tries to suggest he will consider his future if things don't change. There is absolutely no evidence to back the story up other than the reporters guesswork. Top clubs watch players all the time and there has been plenty of news in the German press that the German Champions have been watching him for a while now. That means nothing of course, apart from the fact they like him.

Come the new year when he doesn't have to be covering centre-back we will be able to rotate him and Wanyama, which was no doubt the plan in the first place. He is always on Twitter and always talking to the press and there has never been a hint that he isn't anything but happy at Tottenham.

It sounds simply like a newspaper trying to create an exclusive, as they all tend to do when transfer season comes around.

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Dier is clearly happy at Spurs Dier is clearly happy at Spurs Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

Does the Dembele Wanyama partnership work?

11:00 pm

Does the Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama partnership actually work?

Apart from winning a penalty this season I hardly remember Mousa Dembele anywhere near the opposition box. Again against Manchester United he was in the middle of the park and not venturing forward as much as he does with Eric Dier besides him.

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Pochettino Selection: Would Dier have prevented the goal?

9:00 pm


Before the game I wrote that it would be decided on a counter-attack and the team who dealt with counter-attacks the best would win, that ws Manchester United.

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Mabbutt - good forfuture captain Dier to play in two positions

12:30 pm

Former Spurs captain and centre-half Gary Mabbutt was a vocal player, he was always urging players on and demanding more of the. Off the field the public saw a calm collected figure.

He won 16 England caps and played for us between 1982 and 1998 collecting a UEFA Cup in 1984 and an FA Cup in 1991.

In the Spurs programme notes he tells fans that he feels Eric Dier should be more in that image if he wants to become a future Spurs captain, in fact possibly a future England captain.

"Absolutely [he has got leadership qualities]. I still think he could maybe, at times, be a little bit more vocal on the pitch and be a bit more demanding of the players around him, but he's still a youngster and he's still learning the game. 
"That said, if he can continue to progress as he has done in the last couple of seasons, then he's really got a fantastic future in front of him. If he can perhaps command the players around him a little bit more, I think Eric can be a future captain of the club. 
"I used to love playing in different positions because it gives you far more experience of the whole game in terms of knowing what's going on around you and knowing what different skills are required for different roles. 
"The more Eric can play in two positions, I think it's a good learning curve. When you're young like him, I don't think it's harmful at all to be moved around a bit. It will only increase his experience and his abilities."

Mabbutt - good forfuture captain Dier to play in two positions Mabbutt - good forfuture captain  Dier to play in two positions Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Why Wimmer will not cover for Alderweireld

11:30 am

Tottenham will look to Eric Dier to step into the Toby Alderweireld position on the right-hand side of the centre-back pairing because he is right-footed.

Fans calling for Kevin Wimmer have totally missed the fact he is left-footed and thus would be called upon to keep using his wrong foot thus maximising the chances of an error. You see it all the time, players go for the ball with the wrong foot and while it may be only a small point to some, it is an important one for a team challenging at the top.

Every little detail and edge matters and when he was bought Pochettino felt he could develop into an excellent centre-back, despite him having to cover at right-back. Since then he has moved into the defensive midfield position he played at Sporting rather successfully.

Cameron Carter-Vickers who is learning his trade will get his next game against Liverpool in the League Cup at Anfield on 25 October I expect.

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Redknapp wrong over Dier

7:00 pm

In marketing, both online and offline, for people to take notice of you, you have to be different, you have to stand out from the crowd.

It's why, although I don't agree with a certain other website who doesn't appear to support Tottenham, I understand where they are coming from. He is more interested in bums on seats than supporting Tottenham. Each to his own.

Jamie Redknapp is applying the same approach when he suggests that Eric Dier has lost confidence because of the arrival of Victor Wanyama. Did he think he was the only quality player in his position? No, of course he didn't.

His poor England display is down to those around him not understanding how to play the system he plays each week at Tottenham. You can rest assured that when he plays for Spurs he will look a different player. he wasn't playing badly when he was playing alongside Wanyama before the injury that has seen him miss a couple of weeks.

He is simply another of our players who needed a rest after the summer exertions and fatigue caused a muscle injury. Jordan Henderson made an horrendous mistake too, as did Gary Cahill charging out and committing himself to a ball he was never going to get. John Stones made his usual calamitous mistake as well. Are they all affected by the arrival of a player as well?

Young Redknapp is merely making comments to make himself heard.

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Dier highlights Carroll mistake

8:30 am
Dier highlights Carroll mistake

Eric Dier transferred from Portuguese side Sporting for just 5m euros on 2 August 2014. The 22-year-old (23 next January) has developed into a consistent player winning praise for his performances for both Tottenham Hotspur and England.

Leonardo Jardim was coach at Sporting from 30 May 2013 until 10 June 2014. His record was 37 games, 25 victories, 8 draws and 4 defeats. His side scored 77 goals and let in 28. Under Jardim, Dier played 13 games in the league and 3 cup games. In all but one game he played him as a centre-back, the other game as a defensive midfielder.

Jardim was asked about Dier at his pre-game press conference and reminded the assembled reporters he knew him at Sporting.

"I knew him at Sporting -- he's a tremendous athlete, a real top class player and he spent the developmental part of his career at Sporting. I always knew he was going to have a good career but I hope he's not at his best tomorrow evening. 
"He evolved his style of play when he was with me. He played two different positions: holding midfield and centre-back. It's no surprise to me that he's showing later in his career that he can play in two different positions and be as good in either. 
"I think it's always very important -- whether it's English lads going abroad, or French or Portuguese young players -- to get experience in foreign leagues. It's really positives. It teaches them to cope with adversity and gives them different experience. 
"When they go back, they benefit in their own leagues. It's important for their benefit and growth as they become older."

This is exactly the reason why Tom Carroll should have accepted Ajax over of a loan when Christian Eriksen came to Spurs, he would have developed his game but it has merely stagnated since and all he gets now is scraps. He'll play with the kids in the League Cup tie against Gillingham next week. So far he hasn't figured.

It isn't simply talent that separates players, Carroll has excellent technique, but an individual's character as well. Carroll is a nice guy but lacks the mental cutting edge. Pochettino said in his pre-game press conference that in his view you should improve everyday. That is part of having a winning mentality, part of having mental strength. How exactly has Tom Carroll improved over the last couple of years?

You still get the same Tom Carroll, happy to be a third choice. He simply lacks the mental strength to be a top player, unlike Eric Dier.

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Dier, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Rose

5:00 pm

I am always on the lookout for decent blogs that provide something different and this assessment of the Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama pairing in defensive midfield is worth a read.
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Everyone talks about Toby Alderweireld and how good he is and Jan Vertobghen almost goes unnoticed. The Daily Mirror are reporting that the left-footed Belgian has signed a new contract to keep him at White Hart Lane.

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Left-back Danny Rose however, is obviously right on everyone's thoughts!

Danny Rose is so good he managed to make the Metro's team of the week even though he was not playing.

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05 Sept - £37.09 (£110.66)
04 Sept - £10.90 - -£10 - £10.25 (£73.57)
03 Sept - £28.46 (£62.42)
02 Sept - Lost -£10 (£33.96)
01 Sept - Lost -£10 (£43.96)
31 Aug - No Bet
30 Aug - £24.26 (£53.96)
29 Aug - £27.68 (£29.70)
28 Aug - £1.30 + £3.92 (£2.62)

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Dier, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Rose Dier, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Rose Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Germans no, Dier is not for sale

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Germans no, Dier is not for sale

The rise of Eric Dier has been phenomenal. I campaigned his purchase for 3 years yet even though I clearly rated him his rise has still surprised. A versatile player he started as a centre-back but when needs must he played at right-back delivering some of the best crosses from that position we had seen in years.

His transference then to defensive midfield, where he had played for Sporting Lisbon, has seen him go from strength to strength. He has come from nowhere to be essential for England, it is almost as if he is getting more confident with every game he plays. He has shone at the Euros and that has alerted German giants Bayern Munich.

Matt Law at The Telegraph has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino has asked him to model his game on Sergio Busquets and regularly views video to see how the Spaniard handles different situations. Eric Dier is being built piece by piece, fitness, find the best position for his talents, learn the defensive side then add the attacking side. He seems to now be developing his passing range to the extent that he could perhaps play in the Mousa Dembele role with Victor Wanyama alongside him.

Bayern Munich are reported to have made enquiries and received a firm he is not for sale response, none of the players Pochettino wants are for sale. Other clubs interest in your players is a testament to your club doing well. Speculation will always happen, but as in the case of Christian Eriksen and harry Kane, it means nothing.

Germans no, Dier is not for sale Germans no, Dier is not for sale Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Wanyama to replace Dier?

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Wanyama to replace Dier?

The possible purchase of Victor Wanyama raises many possibilities. Spurs need a right-footed centre-back to cover for Toby Alderweireld or do we?

The recent comments of Harry Redknapp are interesting, especially what his Tottenham contacts have told him.

"I like Dier — he has come on leaps and bounds and people at Tottenham tell me he is going to be an even better centre-back than he is a midfielder. They think he could become a truly great centre-half."

Does this mean that we are going to be using Eric Dier as centre-back cover next season and that if he has to move back there Victor Wanyama will simply take his place as the defensive midfielder? That would mean we don't need to buy a centre-half and we have Cameron carter-Vickers coming through as well.

Having an xtra midfield player this window, is that where we are going? We are certainly being linked with a few and we certainly seem to be in the market for a central attacking midfielder as well as a striker.

We don't seem to be linked to too many centre-backs at the moment, the two we were have signed for other clubs.

Wanyama to replace Dier? Wanyama to replace Dier? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5
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