Heading into his first full season in charge of Tottenham, Jose Mourinho would no doubt have been expecting to extend his proud record of never having lost on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Instead, his Spurs side looked lethargic, disinterested, and completely empty of any ideas going forward, as they slipped to a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton on late Sunday afternoon.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s powerful header was enough for the visitors to earn all three points, and one man who certainly didn’t impress, was Eric Dier.
The England international, who played once again as a centre-back, struggled to cope with the movement and physicality of Everton’s forwards, and it was he who was beaten for Calvert-Lewin’s goal.
As per Sofascore, he made no tackles whatsoever and won just three of his nine total duels. And after seeing his performance, Spurs fans took to Twitter to voice their reactions.
It’s gonna be a long and disappointing season for Spurs. There isn’t a creative bone in the entire midfield. Dier is a liability and Alderweireld’s legs have gone. https://t.co/HdQKSl4mdr
— derekross (@derekrossreal) September 13, 2020
That’s as bad as it gets, Davies and Dier are stealing a living
— Jordan Cruickshank (@CruickshankJD) September 13, 2020
If Winks, Davies, Dier and Sissoko never played for my club again, I’d be content
— Kieran (@Kieran__THFC) September 13, 2020
A few fans slammed Dier’s ability as a centre-back, with one supporter even calling on him to “face facts” and realise he’s not cut out for Premier League level.
Eric Dier wants to play at CB, honest Eric fella just face facts and realise you’re a championship player at best. Absolutely scandalous!!! My heads gone!!!
— Jamie Moss (@Jamie230116) September 13, 2020
Can we stop this Dier experiment now? Not good enough at Centre Back #THFC
— onedaywe’llwin (@truedad680) September 13, 2020
Dier has to be the worst CB in our team. For the love of God, sign a creative attacking midfielder and striker. There is absolutely no link between mid and attack. All Alli and Winks do is make up numbers in starting XI. We have too many bang average players #COYS #THFC #TOTEVE
— The White Wall (@Glory_THFC) September 13, 2020
— Josh (@Josh_Cornell21) September 13, 2020
Whilst Spurs will be trying to hunt down a new striker in the closing weeks of the transfer window, a new centre-back may have to be on the agenda too.
Jan Vertonghen’s exit in the summer has left Spurs without a starting calibre defender, and Dier’s reinvention as a centre-back doesn’t at all seem like the cure for their defensive woes.
Mourinho and Daniel Levy will have their work cut out over the next month or so.