Jamie Redknapp: Tottenham star is not the player he was last season
Jamie Redknapp questions Eric Dier's performances for Tottenham so far this season
Jamie Redknapp believes that Eric Dier has been struggling to reproduce his performances from last season.
The Tottenham midfielder earned plenty of praise for his displays for Spurs last term as he helped to inspire Mauricio Pochettino’s men to a Premier League title challenge.
Dier was rewarded for his fine form with a call-up to the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France but the Three Lions were dumped out at the last-16 stage by Iceland.
The midfielder was unable to inspire England to victory on Tuesday night as they were forced to settle for a goalless draw in Slovenia in their latest World Cup qualifier.
And former Spurs star Redknapp has delivered his verdict on the midfielder’s displays for club and country so far this season.
Speaking in an interview with The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “Eric Dier is not the player he was last season.
“There was almost a strut to him last year with Tottenham and England, but I feel Victor Wanyama has had an effect on him.
“There’s that little competition for places and he is slightly lacking in confidence. On Tuesday night he was caught twice with back passes in the first half.
“When you’re playing well, your first thought is to play the ball forward but he was trying to take the safe option. He’ll get through this and he could be England’s captain one day, but no doubt it’s made a difference to his game.”
Tottenham return to Premier League action with a clash against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Spurs are currently second in the table and just a point behind leaders Manchester City.