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Report: Tottenham Hotspur to use Eric Dier at centre-back

Report: Spurs to use Eric Dier at centre-back
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly intends to use Eric Dier at centre-back more regularly as he fears losing Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

Eric Dier is reportedly prepared to move into central defence to help solve Tottenham Hotspur's long-term problems at the back.

The Lilywhites risk losing Belgian pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen on free contracts at the end of the season.

Both players have 12-month extensions in their existing deals, but Spurs are rumoured to be more willing to cash in than keep them on if it means losing one or both of the duo for nothing a year down the line.

According to The Sun, Mauricio Pochettino is already forward planning and wants Dier to move into a deeper role, having played in that position when arriving in North London four years ago.

Dier, who also has experience in defence from his days at Sporting Lisbon, is said to be willing to help out his manager by playing wherever he is required.

The 24-year-old has played 138 league games for Tottenham, the vast majority of which have come in a deep-lying midfield role.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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