Tottenham fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Watford on Sunday and Spurs fans on Twitter criticised Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection after the game, believing that Eric Dier was missed in holding midfield.
The Argentine boss went with a back three of Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld with Mousa Dembele the only form of protection in front.
After a relatively uneventful first half, the Lilywhites went ahead thanks to an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal. However, as the tide of the game turned the Vicarage Road crowd got behind their side and the Hornets went ahead thanks to headers from captain Troy Deeney and centre-back Craig Cathcart.
With Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen the other two midfielders ahead of Dembele, Spurs were vulnerable and the Hertfordshire side took advantage of this, with Dier remaining on the bench for the whole 90 minutes.
The 24-year-old had started all three of Spurs’ Premier League games before the trip to Watford and Tottenham had secured maximum points so it was no surprise to see fans of the club disappointed that Pochettino changed a winning starting XI. Check out some of the best tweets here.
Dembele has played as DM/single pivot x3 in last 2 seasons we’ve lost every single game NLD Leicester and today. Maybe people will appreciate Eric dier a bit more
— TAS (@coys100) 2 September 2018
For the Watford game, Dier should have been the first name on the team sheet.
— Toby Reisz (@tumtali) 3 September 2018
For everyone who wonders what Dier does for this team, just watch this game again #THFC
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) September 2, 2018
Dier in front of flat back four is tried and tested,playing 3 centre backs leaves us light in midfield and does not work for us as was shown against Fulham,we were struggling and changed to flat 4 at back and we know how that went,back 4 against United and we know how that went,
— Dave (@Davyhewett) 2 September 2018
Crazy that he wasn’t played, tough tackler, never stops running, was a shoe in for a game like this. Crazy decision
— White Hart Spur (@White_Hart_Spur) 2 September 2018
Think many brutally undermine just how important Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier is to this Spurs team.
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) September 2, 2018
Missed Dier so much as I keep saying he’s the GLUE that’s holds us together
— Martin Stevens (@MARTIN_THFC) 2 September 2018
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