When Manchester United are linked with one of your players, alarm bells immediately begin to ring – and they may well be ringing for Spurs right now.
There have been a number of reports linking the 23-year-old with a move to Old Trafford, with the Guardian the latest to report that United would be willing to offer £50million and double the Spurs man’s wages.
It would be a huge pay rise for the defender as Spurs currently have a £100k-per-week ceiling on wages. He would also be joining a side he was keen on before moving to Spurs from Sporting Lisbon, and would get to play in his favoured defensive-midfield role – a position he appeared to lose to Victor Wanyama last year as Mauricio Pochettino used him as a centre-back.
On paper it seems like a no-brainer to join what is still considered by most to be England’s biggest club – but should Dier leave?
While whatever offer United put on the table would be difficult to resist, Dier currently stands to gain a lot more by rejecting their advances and staying at White Hart Lane.
For a start, he’s at a side that has been on the up ever since Pochettino took charge. Dier was one of the Argentine’s first signings after moving to White Hart Lane and has been a key player in a side that had finished 5th, 3rd and 2nd in their three seasons at the club.
Spurs have been the best Premier League side over the last two seasons. They have had the best defence, been free-scoring and played attractive football while their at it. While Manchester United will undoubtedly step up their title challenge after a disappointing sixth-place finish last year, finishing above Spurs will be no easy feat.
As well as that, Dier needs to consider what will best benefit him as a player. The allure of playing in his preferred holding midfield spot is understandable, but at Spurs he has carved himself out a glowing reputation as solid defender integral to both his club and international sides.
And while he was mostly used by Pochettino in a centre-back role last year, it was a half-back hybrid role between a centre-half and defensive midfielder. Even though he’s playing from the back, Dier still has the opportunity to break forward and pick out a pass – perfect for his cultured playing style.
His international career will also hugely benefit from staying at White Hart Lane. Through his selections so far, Gareth Southgate is clearly looking to build a side with a core from Spurs, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli undoubtedly the focal points and Danny Rose the Three Lions’ best left-back. With the likes of Harry Winks while Josh Onomah and Marcus Edwards tasting success in youth internationals, it appears this trend could continue for a while yet.
Resisting Old Trafford is difficult for most players, but for his personal development, international career and possibly even trophy prospects, doing so would be the right choice.