Tottenham Hotspur fans have praised Eric Dier after he admitted that he has endured a “difficult” season, per the club’s official Twitter account.
The England international has struggled for form and fitness this season but scored the opening goal in the club’s 2-2 draw with Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.
Dier has made 27 appearances in all-competitions, with 20 of those coming in the Premier League.
He has not strung together more than six Premier League appearances on the bounce, however, with appendicitis and a hip injury robbing the 25-year-old of the momentum needed to lock down a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.
Dier appeared to admit as much after the clash with Everton, telling the club’s Twitter account: “It’s been a very difficult season but I’m happy to have ended it that way for me.
“The great thing about football is that you’re always learning and you can always do better and get better and now I’m just looking forward to hopefully staying fit and healthy and being able to help the team.”
Spurs, of course, face a Champions League final on June 1, playing Liverpool in Madrid for the right to be called champions of Europe.
And fans have expressed their pride in Dier as he looks to enjoy a better 2019-20 campaign.
? “I love Eric Dier, Eric Dier loves me…”
— Neil B (@NeilB__) May 12, 2019
— Zoe Smith (@zssmith1991) May 12, 2019
Come back stronger than ever next season Eric. A fantastic player for Spurs & England. And… One game still to go! ?
— Steve Freeman (@Steve_Devon58) May 12, 2019
Dear Eric, thank You for your efforts and contribution to result through the season!?
— Aleksandra Samokhvalova (@Aleksandra_S11) May 13, 2019
This man deserves more respect on his name
— Pikey87 (@Dier_Eric15) May 13, 2019
He’s had so many illnesses and injuries and he looks leaner and meaner and great to see a goal today – I feel that he has a great role to play in this squad
— Michael Burdon (@Woodlandmikey) May 12, 2019
Great to have you back, and great goal today
— Neil Hornus (@NinjaSharkRider) May 12, 2019