PLAYER REVIEW: Eric Dier

This won’t take long.  I’m talking about Eric Dier’s performances this season and where he *should* play.

At his best: majestically ruthless in the tackle, simple distribution, solid in the air, the rock on which the side is built.

At his worst: prone to looking leggy, dodgy/sloppy mid- to long-range distribution, poor defensive positioning and the ability to switch off and allow runners to breeze past him into goal-scoring positions.

What’s his best position?  I honestly don’t think it’s as a CDM or a RCB.  He thinks he’s a central midfielder, and wants to be played there exclusively, which is a concern….because a fully-fit Wanyama is a better CDM in my opinion.

For me, he was at his best on the right of a Back 3 with Walker providing cover at pace.  My belief is that Poch pushed him back to CDM this season out of necessity: Vic was injured and the loss of Walker and Rose forced a change to a Back 4…and, as I’ve said, Eric ain’t no RCB.

But enough about what I think.  What do you think about what I think?

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

Comments
  • UnkleTaff 30/05/2018 at 4:35 pm

    Best position?

    Captain. Without a shadow of a doubt.

    He’s the most underrated player in our squad by far in my view. We seem to struggle much more than when we should when he doesn’t play. His sense of positional awareness is exceptional and he’s very good at snuffing out attacks before they’ve had a chance to develop. He has a very real physical presence and is a lot quicker than he’s given credit for. I don’t know if he still sees himself as a defender but for me he’s a DM all day long and I think he’s a much, much better player than Victor Wanyama.

    • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 4:52 pm

      The advantage Dier has over Wanyama, and the added benefit to the team, and as Flat Oeuf said, he knows how to fill in at the back and cover the wingback position when necessary. This scenario does in fact lead back to the fact that we played best with two flying wingback’s (not possible with current players), which is why I believe those positions need addressing, which leads me nicely onto Kieren Tierney and João Cancelo, see what I did there 😎?
      One further point about Dier is that he needs to recycle the ball faster at times, but that criticism could be aimed at a few of our players, as well as tactics (our methodically slow build up).

    • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 4:58 pm

      Best wishes,

      Eric’s MUM.

      • UnkleTaff 30/05/2018 at 5:04 pm

        Word.

  • SpurAndy 30/05/2018 at 4:49 pm

    I love Eric Dier, Eric Dier loves me. Butt and its a big butt, I see him ambling back on occasion after he’s lost the ball. Not often butt enough to irritate ever so slightly. Personally think he’s a great asset to the squad but if Vics on his game I’d probably prefer him. Not much in it butt enough. I do think he can get better though whereas Vics probably climaxed.

  • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 5:17 pm

    I like a 4231 formation will both Eric and Victor the 2 covering the back 4 and the flying fullbacks.

  • SpurAndy 30/05/2018 at 5:22 pm

    Found this on my shed today.

  • Superspoz 🔪 30/05/2018 at 5:39 pm

    It’s too late for him to revert back to central defence. His best position is DM. The reason why some think wanyama is better is because vic is very strong,rarely gets knocked off the ball his no retreat no surrender attitude goes down very well with us lot. Here’s the thing, Dier is too cute and doesn’t get into those kind of situations because of his positional play. That’s the beauty of his game. I’m amazed that some of us don’t see it. As for the captaincy, I’d be amazed if Kane doesn’t lead the team out into the new stadium.

  • Superspoz 🔪 30/05/2018 at 5:53 pm

    Oh yeah it was Priscilla Presley Presley in naked gun. Idiot!

    • Superspoz 🔪 30/05/2018 at 5:54 pm

      Not alot of people know this but her middle name was Presley. What are odds.

      • Superspoz 🔪 30/05/2018 at 5:55 pm

        *are/were the

        • McG ⚽⚽ 30/05/2018 at 5:58 pm

          Evens.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 7:06 pm

            Presley Presley sounds like a Poch tactic

            • Anonymous 30/05/2018 at 7:40 pm

              It would be if he had a player called Lee and he was urging him to press.

              • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 7:42 pm

                So the hell is anonymarse. I posted that

                • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 7:42 pm

                  *who

                  • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:47 pm

                    Ron the forgetful..

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 6:35 pm

    We have a serious lsck in our team of players showing leadership and tsking control of what they are doing.
    While you cant count out too many ypu cant count on them either.
    One has a great game or a great month or a better seadon than tbey have had.
    They are more than mediocre and sometimes surprise us.
    Dier is a case in point
    You write something about him the next week he is totally the opposite.
    A player you can count on?
    No.
    But join the others.

    This season I want to see game changers.
    They can start off with their own games

    • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 6:40 pm

      Have you been posting on that damn tablet again Ron??

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 7:05 pm

        Ronglish is only a part time job

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 6:56 pm

    No It was milk of magnesia

  • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:29 pm

    I’m thinking a nice badedas soak, followed by a spot of caesar salad, and for afters, plain choccy digestives.

    • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 7:33 pm

      Quare.

      • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:39 pm

        Ok, I’ll substitute the caesar salad for Monster Munch..

        • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 7:44 pm

          Substitute the Badedas for Matey as well and you’ll be on the right track. Oh and Angel Delight for the biscuits. That’s if you want to emulate Jon.

          • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 7:48 pm

            For some reason the imperial leather ad from the 80s just popped into my head

            • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:49 pm

              Ooh, Imperial nastiness, no fanks.

            • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 7:50 pm

              https://youtu.be/3nK_O1tpEHY
              Is that you cas?

              • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 8:07 pm

                That’s exactly what Cas looks like!…through a jet’s porthole at 35,000ft after a few pints.

                • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 8:13 pm

                  Through Jet Li’s porthole?

                  • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 8:16 pm

                    That is very niche.

                    • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 8:18 pm

                      Niche one Cyril.

                    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 8:22 pm

                      Niche one, Jon

          • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:51 pm

            Matey? Only if they bring back the bottles from when I wozza kid. And that’s my last word on the matter!

        • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 7:44 pm

          A spot of Caesar salad?? You on a diet?

          • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 7:49 pm

            A diet?! Pfft, assif..

            • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 8:04 pm

              Why is Assif on a diet? Too many pakoras?

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 10:33 pm

        Quare Quared!

  • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 8:55 pm

    A guy posts a picture of a full English with the quote “f@ck Isis”. So what’s the deal, do muslim terrorists spontaneously combust when they come near bacon or summink?

    • SpurAndy 30/05/2018 at 9:11 pm

      I think that was one of those stupid autocorrects. He actually meant mushrooms.

      • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:15 pm

        I used to hate mushrooms but I’ve mellowed with age.

        • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 9:17 pm

          I luvvum, I bloody luvvum I tellya, luvvum….

        • McG ⚽⚽ 30/05/2018 at 9:17 pm

          I’m sure there’s a fun guy crack to be had here somewhere…

          • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:19 pm

            Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Not on this bloeug. No sireee.

          • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 9:40 pm

            Superspoz 🏆

            Keep forgetting to put me name and email

            Do you have to do that every time?

          • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 9:45 pm

            I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere about a fun guy’s crack.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 30/05/2018 at 10:20 pm

              Knew you wouldn’t disappoint!

        • SpurAndy 30/05/2018 at 9:18 pm

          If I don’t see them I can eat them like in a casserole, cut up small. I know, I’m weird : -).

          • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 9:18 pm

            Yes, but you’re odd…😘

            • Anonymous 30/05/2018 at 9:20 pm

              I love mushrooms and mushrooms love me.

              • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 9:22 pm

                Keep forgetting to put me name and email

                • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 9:25 pm

                  Mushrooms on the barbie with olive oil and garlic and a squeeze of lemon büüüdiful

              • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 9:23 pm

                They’re great in a burger mix.

            • SpurAndy 30/05/2018 at 9:23 pm

              I’ve got no morels.

              • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:25 pm
                • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 9:27 pm

                  “Where’s my bubbly milk..” lol

                  • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:36 pm

                    I was trying to find the clip of her asking: “Shall I cream your mushroom now, sir” but couldn’t. Great series.

                    • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 9:43 pm

                      Never seen it. Don’t really watch much tv but that clip was quite funny

                    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:47 pm

                      It’s called Hunderby, written by Julia Davies

                    • Caspurs 30/05/2018 at 9:50 pm

                      I didn’t know she’d written anything. She’s had some great parts in other programmes.

                    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:54 pm

                      Nighty Night as well. Properly twisted and funny.

                    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 9:59 pm

                      ‘Camping’ is worth a watch too…excruciating.

                    • Anonymous 30/05/2018 at 9:59 pm

                      The wife hoggs the remote every night, she likes her British thrillers and mini series. I just watch cartoons, mainly comic book and Japanese stuff. The guy in my avi is one of my favourites.

                    • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 10:07 pm

                      Talking Pictures is my favourite channel. Lots of old B&W British films.

  • Superspoz 🔪 30/05/2018 at 9:48 pm

    JonSpur

    Superspoz
    Keep forgetting to put me name and email

    Do you have to do that every time?

    Only if i refresh the page it seems.

    • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 9:55 pm

      Hmm. Don’t worry, Technical Taff’s on the job case.

      • Superspoz 🏆 30/05/2018 at 10:01 pm

        Hahahahaha.
        Hang on. You’re not kidding are you?

        • JonSpur 30/05/2018 at 10:04 pm

          I wish I were.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 30/05/2018 at 10:30 pm

    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 10:33 pm

      “I’ll give you a hand”, he said:

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 10:34 pm

    All these gifs remind me of Arsenal

    • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 10:35 pm

      • Flat Oeuf 30/05/2018 at 10:36 pm

        • Anonymous 31/05/2018 at 10:09 am

          Don’t move a muscle, love, let me check you over first.

          • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:14 am

            OK, but no funny business.

        • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:17 am

          I’m tempted to post a clip of a parallel bars death in Final Destination 5, but although it’s funny it’s also very gruesome and I think it might be a step too far…

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/05/2018 at 11:08 pm

        That was arsenal arse and all

  • McG ⚽⚽ 30/05/2018 at 10:37 pm

    • Freund or Foe 31/05/2018 at 10:10 am

      Skillzz

  • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:16 am

    Who’s up for doing a quick bloeug or Player Review to kick things off today. Mine took about 5 mins, as is all too evident.

    • Freund or Foe 31/05/2018 at 10:18 am

      Oh, alright then, I’m in. I’ll email over.

      • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:27 am

        You can just post straight on the forum. Then you get to have a little yellow line under your name and feel very important.

        • Freund or Foe 31/05/2018 at 10:32 am

          Just started, but a client just called and wants to come in today and give me loads of money, and I need to prepare.
          Sorry, I’ll do sumfink soon, but not today.

          • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:51 am

            No prob

          • JonSpur 31/05/2018 at 11:25 am

            Freund or Foe

            Just started, but a client just called and wants to come in today and give me loads of money, and I need to prepare.
            Sorry, I’ll do sumfink soon, but not today.

            Tea bags ✓
            Posh biccies ✓
            Maxwell House in a Lavazza jar ✓
            Mood music ✓
            Soft lighting ✓
            Can of animalistic pheromone spray ✓
            Clean underpance ✓

            That’s the prep done.

            • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 11:36 am

              Essential oils?
              Leopard skin pance?

    • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:21 am

      I would love to see someone make a genuine case for Sissoko. Knocking him is all too easy; let’s see if we can’t offer an alternative view for a change.

      Anyone?

      • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:52 am

        I’ll have a go at some point

        • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:55 am

          Yeah, but you secretly like him.

          I’d much rather someone like Cas had a go…

          🙂

          • Caspurs 31/05/2018 at 12:02 pm

            Dunnit!
            Moussa Sissoko you have been found guilty of crimes against football and misleading the public. I hereby sentence you to 20 years solitary confinement…

  • Freund or Foe 31/05/2018 at 10:17 am

    On Dier, I’m probably more towards Unk’s feelings. I don’t see him as captain, there’s only one (of our own) that stands head and shoulders above the rest for that position, but he’s first choice DCM for me. You only have to review the last few games where we were stuck with Vic and Sissy to see why.

    • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:19 am

      The only reason I wouldn’t make Kane captain is because I want him to be focused purely on creating and scoring goals. Shearer was made England captain for a while and I think it took the edge off his game.

      I like my captains to be midfield generals and Dier fits the bill perfectly in that regard.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 31/05/2018 at 11:15 am

        Dier is no midfield general Taff.
        He doesnt see a take control type of guy.
        When he plays with Wanyama he looks almost intimidated and squeezed out.
        Id pick Verts because he has become a stalwart and as a captain will be animated Im sure

  • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:25 am

    I’ve just received this email form WordPress support regarding my request for assistance over the new comments appearing in grey thing:

    “As that styling behavior is provided by the plugin, you will want to check with the plugin author for this. Their support forum is available here:

    https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/spectacula-threaded-comments

    You will need to register an account on WordPress.org before you can post a question there.”

    I’ve had a quick look at the forum in question and the last question was asked over three-and-a-half years ago.

    So I won’t be taking this any further if you don’t mind.

    • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:29 am

      Welcome to my world.

      • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 10:32 am

        Ha. If I could see the ‘Like’ button I’d be using it about now.

        • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 10:59 am

          Remind me what we were trying to solve?

          • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 11:02 am

            It wasn’t important. I just thought it would be a nice idea if the new comments could be marked as grey even after you’ve closed the web page. As it is they only appear in grey if comments are added when you’re already on the site.

            • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 11:21 am

              I’ve had some contact with the developer. Basically, the only way to update the plug-in is if we can find a coder who knows CSS.

              • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 11:24 am

                I don’t think it’s worth the effort. Solving the ‘Anonymous’ issue would be a far more pressing concern for me. Do we know if that’s a WordPress or a Spectacu.la issue?

                • JonSpur 31/05/2018 at 11:26 am

                  And the redirect to the top of the page when replying.

                  • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 11:28 am

                    Does this happen to anyone else?

                    • JonSpur 31/05/2018 at 11:34 am

                      I don’t know.

  • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 11:41 am

    UnkleTaff

    I don’t think it’s worth the effort. Solving the ‘Anonymous’ issue would be a far more pressing concern for me. Do we know if that’s a WordPress or a Spectacu.la issue?

    Could be WordPress, Jetpack or Spectacu.la
    There’s a box to be ticked or unticked somewhere…or else it’s something at the User end.

  • Caspurs 31/05/2018 at 11:49 am

    I have a bloeug ready, but is you lot ready ferret???

    • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 11:58 am

      Yes!

  • SpurAndy 31/05/2018 at 11:51 am

    If it helps this shows the Edit Profile button on my android phone in Chrome. In there are Display names etc. My deets so far are always there even after I’ve rebooted my phone.

    • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 11:56 am

      I have more than a sneaky suspicion that the hash tag you see in the URL line has a role to play here.

    • Flat Oeuf 31/05/2018 at 11:57 am

      That’s worth trying for anyone struggling

  • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 11:55 am

    This’ll annoy the bed-wetters no doubt:

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11390703/tottenhams-new-850m-stadium-will-be-the-clubs-home-ground-next-season

    I’m sure they were really looking forward to bitching and moaning about the stadium not being ready on time.

  • Caspurs 31/05/2018 at 12:04 pm

    NEW BLOEUGAGE!!!!!!
    https://flatoeuf.com/?p=175

    • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 12:07 pm

      I hope you don’t mind Cas, but I edited the URL you posted as it took you to a WordPress editing page and not this bloeug.

      • Caspurs 31/05/2018 at 12:16 pm

        Is it visible to others now? I wasn’t sure if I had dunnit correctly.

        • UnkleTaff 31/05/2018 at 12:21 pm

          Yup. All fixed.

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