Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer after falling down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, but Wanyama’s impending move to Club Brugge could see the latter staying.
Dier finds himself behind new signings Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks in midfield, but he’s unlikely to be sold in the same window as Wanyama – which makes sense considering Pochettino can’t afford to leave himself short on options in the engine room.
In terms of efficiency as well, the 25-year-old is a much more useful player than Wanyama.
Dier’s versatility is quite vast that he can provide cover for Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth at centre-back.
He can also deputize for Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier at right-back if need be.
Injuries have halted the Englishman’s progress since the start of the year.
The 25-year-old suffered appendicitis, had a hip injury and correctional surgery on a problem that was detected during summer medical assessments.
Nevertheless, he is an effective player when fit and is worth keeping.
Pochettino isn’t blessed with a lot of depth, particularly in defence and central-midfield, so it makes sense that Dier would stay if Wanyama leaves.
Also with the future of Christian Eriksen still uncertain and Dele Alli still battling fitness issues as well, it’s reasonable that Pochettino would not want to deplete his squad unnecessarily.
The significance of having adequate personnel to call upon can’t be over-emphasized when the issue is looked at rationally.
Asides the Premier League, Spurs are in the Champions League, will play the FA Cup and other domestic involvements as well.
More than enough squad depth will need to be maintained if Spurs are to mount any serious title challenge – particularly in the November-December period when there is a hectic schedule of fixtures and the games come in thick and fast.
If selling Victor Wanyama will keep Eric Dier at the club, then it is definitely good news for Spurs and for Dier as well.