Tottenham Hotspur didn’t sign a single new player before the transfer window closed last Thursday. That shocked both media and fans alike, and some worried about how that would affect the players already at the club.
So far, the squad seem to be using it as inspiration.
Eric Dier has come out and spoken about the criticism of Spurs’ transfer window. Dier is only 24 but is already a leader in the dressing room, so it’s safe to assume he’s not the only one on the team who is thinking this way. The quotes are via Dan Kilpatrick and the Standard.
“It’s a great challenge for us to shut everyone up. We’re going to enjoy that challenge. We’ve got a fantastic squad here, with fantastic players in every position.
“To strengthen it is not easy. All the other teams around us might have signed players but not many of those are better than the players they’ve already got. If you’re trying to create a better atmosphere or give the team a boost, then that’s cool but we’ll find the same boost in a different way.
”So we’re really happy, we’ve got a fantastic group. We really enjoy training together, playing together and being with each other. We’ll just continue to build on that.”
Dier is refreshing in that he is never afraid to speak his mind, and when he does he usually does so quite eloquently. We all remember his endearing post-match interview after the coming-out party that was Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Manchester City in 2015.
“I hear people say stuff about Tottenham and I don’t like it.”
Those were Dier’s famous words on that day, and he’s basically saying the same stuff today, albeit for different reasons.
Dier makes a good point about how some of the other top teams in the league have added players. Arsenal and Manchester United are the two that stand out as being representative of what he’s talking about. Yeah, they added a few new faces, but did they really get better?
Part of the reason the project at Spurs is so encouraging is because it is based around a core of young players. Dier, Harry Kane, and Dele Alli aren’t the neophytes that they once were, but they’re theoretically still getting better every year. That season-to-season improvement is worth something.
All that being said, Tottenham still should have made a new signing or two! There might be a part of Eric Dier that is happy about having less competition in the midfield, but that’s concerning to us given the injury histories of Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, and Harry Winks.
But it is nice to have someone like Dier available. He’s versatile and truly loves the club he plays for.