Eric Dier has become the latest Tottenham Hotspur player to secure his future at the club, having signed a new five-year-contract to keep him in North London until 2021.
The Englishman has become a key player since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer, for a fee of £4million. In those two seasons, he’s made 87 appearances and even managed four goals, despite being a natural defensive player, having shifted forward from centre-back to defensive midfield under Pochettino.
Two of those four goals were in his first two games, including a stoppage time winner against rivals West Ham United on his debut. Dier will certainly be hoping for more memorable moments in years to come, as Spurs prepare for the shift from White Hart Lane to their new stadium.
Spurs in contract overdrive
With this long term planning in mind, it’s no surprise to see that Dier is only the latest in a string of Lilywhites to pen new deals, following Christian Eriksen and Kevin Wimmer in penning new deals, with the likes of Dele Alli and Danny Rose expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
There were question marks over Dier’s future as a first team player at the club when Victor Wanyama was signed in the summer, with many thinking that he’d come in to play alongside Mousa Dembele, sidelining Dier.
However, with Dembele having served a suspension for the first four games of the season, the 22-year-old was given a chance to impress once more, and did – leaving Pochettino with something of a selection headache to consider.
After signing his new contract, Dier tweeted; "Couldn’t be happier to sign a new contract with @SpursOfficial” and “Looking forward to what will be an exciting future and hope to continue to help this great club move forward”.