Eric Dier hits out at ‘unfair narrative’ painted of his defending at Tottenham

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Eric Dier believes there has been an “unfair narrative” painted when it comes to his defensive mistakes this season for Tottenham.

The 27-year-old began the season well for Spurs under Jose Mourinho only to lose his place in the side early in 2021, unused in eight of 11 Premier League matches.

Dier made a couple of mistakes when he did come back in, most notably the messy tackle on Timo Werner that gifted Chelsea the penalty that won the derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February.

Mourinho spoke about the Spurs player suffering from a lack of confidence only for Dier to state that he did not believe that to be the case in an interview soon after.

Dier returned to the team for Mourinho’s final games and remained in it under Ryan Mason, with his last couple of performances among his best this season.

“I’m really happy to have played the last three. I’ve felt good in those games. I want to be playing, I want to be performing to a level I know I can,” he said.

“I believe I can still perform to a much higher level. I’m happy to be playing, obviously, and I’ve just got to keep working hard and improving.”

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When asked whether the Tottenham fans have seen the best of him yet since his switch back from midfield to central defence, Dier paused and let out some of his frustration.

“I think they’ve seen it in periods. I feel like (pauses) I’ve got mixed emotions towards it really. At times, I feel like it’s a bit unfair and a bit – I’m trying to think of the right words – but sometimes I’ve made a mistake or something has led to a goal and one mistake is talked about like it’s four or five,” he said.

“I’ve felt that at times. As defenders, you’re always going to make mistakes at times and the most important thing is how you react to them.

“I think fans have seen what I can do in glimpses, especially at the beginning of the season. I think I had a very good first six months and it dropped a little bit for a few games, but I feel like I’ve been back to a good place for a couple of months now.”

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He added on what he felt was unfair: “Just the narrative I see that is painted of me, at times. It doesn’t really bother me too much.

“I just think it’s a bit unfair at times. It’s football. I just need to worry about myself and keep trying to do better. But I’m my own biggest critic and I know where I can improve and when I can improve.”

Dier has kept his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad despite his chunk of 2021 out of the team, although he was unused in the recent three World Cup qualification matches.

The announcement on Tuesday that national squads will contain 26 players rather than 23 at this summer’s Euros will give plenty of chances for players to get into Southgate’s plans for the tournament and Dier wants in.

He said: “I’ve always said the most important thing is focusing on the present, game by game, constantly trying to perform at a good level, but obviously I want to be going to the Euros so I have to keep performing well in order to give myself that opportunity.”

Source by Football London

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