Eric Dier believes Tottenham’s current squad need to justify their huge potential by winning a trophy.
Tottenham, with Dier captaining the side, earned a place in the FA Cup fourth round with a routine 2-0 win over Aston Villa, though a weakened Spurs side struggled for the same rhythm that has seen them now win six matches in a row.
It remains to be seen how seriously Mauricio Pochettino takes the FA Cup, with Tottenham looking again to qualify for the Champions League and challenge for the Premier League title. They must also negotiate the Europa League, which restarts next month.
Dier admits, however, it would be a disappointment if this current Spurs crop failed to convert their talent into silverware.
“Football is about winning trophies,” Dier said.
“If you ask us later on in life and we hadn’t won a trophy with the squad we have now, the players we’ve got and the basis we have to do that… if in five years’ time that hadn’t happened, everyone would be disappointed.
“We’ve got to keep working hard and improving as there is still a lot we can work on before we reach that level and the whole squad is desperate to win trophies.”