Mauricio Pochettino cites reason for Tottenham key man's reduced game

Tottenham can still make September special

Tottenham can still make September special

Dier was signed originally as a defender but has been able to play simultaneously in midfield, so much so that Pochettino chose to prioritise transfers in other areas.

With a highly charged clash against West Ham coming up on Saturday, Pochettino said his team outing was aimed at integrating new signings and strengthening his side's steel for the battles ahead. "All the managers love to have this type of player in your squad", Pochettino said.

"He provides very good energy to the team - he won the World Cup, he's played for some of the biggest clubs in the world".

"They have kept him too and if he keeps on playing like he is they are going to have to be strong to keep him". That's what makes him a complete player.

"We took a big risk not signing another midfielder and it was fantastic". He deserved all the praise and our decision paid off to be fearless and give him the possibility to play in a club like Tottenham when you fight for big things.

Overall I think we deserved to win.

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"All I was anxious about was winning a football match. When you have your philosophy and you are fearless and you trust, you keep going forward and move on".

"I am a bit away from all that happens", he said.

Speaking ahead of Spurs' London derby clash with West Ham United on Saturday, Pochettino made it clear that whilst he remains a keen admirer of the Belgian's talent, his injury troubles mean that it is hard for the midfielder to play week in, week out. I know for the second the ball came straight to him and he had an open net to pass it into but he's always in the right place at the right time. "Did I have a decision to make with Eric? No".

Pochettino's preferred midfield partner for Dier is Mousa Dembele, but the Belgian continues to wrestle with pain in his left foot. He is such an important player for us.

But despite being the most consistent team in the Premier League over the previous two campaigns, Spurs are yet to win any silverware and Dier says they can not be happy until they do.

"We have a very good communication with the doctor, physio, sports science, coaching staff to try to help him".

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