Former Premier League star Danny Mills has urged Mauricio Pochettino to drop Eric Dier for Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax, per Football Insider.
Spurs know they need to win in Amsterdam to have any chance of reaching the final in Madrid, where Liverpool lie in wait, having lost the first leg 1-0.
And the former Manchester City and England full-back believes that Spurs need more pace than Dier offers in the centre of the pitch as they attempt to overturn a one-goal deficit.
Speaking ahead of the clash in the Dutch capital, he said: “You need energy and legs in the midfield area.
“It’s a shame Harry Winks is not available. I look at Eric Dier and he’s a little bit too slow.
“Wanyama is stronger and a bit more physical, although neither of them are particularly quick. But I would probably go with Wanyama as he is a bit more reliable and solid.
“Dier looked a bit reckless against Bournemouth at the weekend, and Pochettino can’t really trust him at the moment. Wanyama is a safer option.”
Dier absolutely can’t be trusted in a game of this magnitude.
He looked out of his depth against Bournemouth at the weekend, picking up a yellow card, almost conceding a penalty and coming close to getting himself sent off. If he had been, Spurs could conceivably have ended the game with eight men, with both Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth also dismissed.
Victor Wanyama, when it comes to tactical discipline, isn’t really much better but he is a stronger, safer option, Mills is absolutely right.
The fact of the matter, at the end of the day, is that the keys are held by Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min; if the Frenchman can dominate the middle of the pitch as he did in the first leg, and if Son can finish his chances, Spurs have every chance.
But, before the game even kicks off, dropping Dier, who is valued at £36million by Transfermarkt, would be a great place to start.