Eric Dier has named the key factors behind Tottenham’s recent poor run of results, insisting that their form does not just come down to sloppy performances.
Spurs have turned a corner of late under manager Nuno Espirito Santo, winning three games in a row. However, they have come through a rocky patch of form.
Following a 1-0 win over Watford, Tottenham won only one of their next five. What’s more, that run of games featured two successive 3-0 defeats in the Premier League, while they lost 3-1 against Arsenal to compound their misery.
Nevertheless, after a 5-1 Europa Conference League win over Mura, Tottenham earned resilient wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Dier hailed his side’s reaction to Villa’s equaliser to win 2-1. Spurs then came from a goal down to beat the Magpies 3-2.
Issues with international breaks, red cards and injuries have not helped Tottenham’s cause. As such, Dier told Football London of the need for “perspective”.
“You have to have perspective, that’s most important,” the England international said. “The [Crystal] Palace game, I got injured after 10 minutes, Japhet [Tanganga] got sent off, we were missing players due to international duty, so, a lot of difficulties.
“Chelsea, again, perspective. We had a very good first half, we couldn’t keep that consistency for 90 minutes, but we played well in the first half and it was something to build on.
“The one game where there is nothing positive to take away and there are no excuses for is Arsenal.
“Villa was a huge result for us. We needed it as players, to show a response and that we’re a lot better than we showed against Arsenal.
“Look, one game isn’t enough to repay the fans for that result and what it means to everyone, but we’re in a good place and we need to continue to try to build.”
Spurs’ subsequent win over Newcastle lifted them to fifth in the Premier League table.
Dier slammed for Tottenham displays
Still, Newcastle only scored their second on Sunday late on through Dier’s own goal.
According to pundit Noel Whelan, the 27-year-old makes such mistakes too often.
“That own goal was one of the worst ever and the problem with Eric Dier is he makes these mistakes too often,” he said.
“For an experienced England international, you have to question whether he is good enough for Tottenham. At times, he looks nowhere near.”
Tottenham return to action on Thursday when facing Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League.