Eric Dier ‘to be transfer listed in January alongside Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama’ as Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plans mid-season shake-up
- Tottenham are reportedly ready to transfer list Eric Dier in the January window
- The defensive midfielder struggled in the recent 3-0 defeat away to Brighton
- Mauricio Pochettino is keen to freshen up his squad after a disastrous start
Eric Dier is reportedly set to be transfer-listed by Tottenham in January as Mauricio Pochettino looks to arrest the club’s poor start to the season.
The Times report that Dier will be joined by Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama on the list with a mid-season shake-up seemingly on the agenda.
Tottenham went into the international break in miserable circumstances after conceding 10 goals in two games with the 3-0 defeat to Brighton following the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Tottenham are reportedly ready to transfer list defensive midfielder Eric Dier in January
Danny Rose (left) and Christian Eriksen (right) could also depart as they plot a squad shake-up
The futures of Serge Aurier (left) and forgotten man Victor Wanyama (right) remain unclear
Dier has struggled for minutes this season following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele and has featured just three times.
England team-mate Harry Winks appears to be the preferred option alongside Ndombele and so Dier has been forced to take a peripheral role so far.
With a lack of involvement the report details how Pochettino is willing to sell Dier and some of his other misfiring team-mates in a bid to freshen up the ailing squad.
Dier has featured three times for Tottenham this season, starting in the 3-0 loss to Brighton
RESULTS THIS SEASON
Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
Man City 2-2 Tottenham
Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham
Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace
Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham (Champions League)
Leicester 2-1 Tottenham
Colchester 0-0 Tottenham – Lost 4-3 on penalties (Carabao Cup)
Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich (Champions League)
Brighton 3-0 Tottenham
All results from the Premier League unless stated otherwise
Eriksen pushed for a summer exit, with Real Madrid among the clubs reported to be interested in him, but he failed to strike a deal before the window closed.
The Dane is yet to agree to a new contract and so will be available on a free transfer next summer, available to speak to clubs outside of England as early as January if he opts to sign a pre-contract agreement.
He has been in and out of the side as the contract situation took centre stage and Pochettino is determined to freshen up a squad that many have claimed have reached the end of their cycle after reaching the Champions League final back in June.
The summer signing of talented wide player Ryan Sessegnon was a sign that Pochettino may be willing to let Rose leave the club having already shipped out Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.
Rose was left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia to sort his future but he ended up remaining at the club, and has gone on to make eight appearances across all competitions this season.
Aurier’s erratic performances, particularly in the collapse against Bayern Munich, has seen calls grow for his departure.
He has had mixed success in his two years at the club, since joining for £23million from Paris Saint-Germain.
Mauricio Pochettino is under the most pressure he has faced while being Tottenham manager
As for Wanyama, he was unable to secure a move away in the summer following Ndombele’s arrival in the summer and the 28-year-old has had just 24 minutes of Premier League football this season, coming off the bench against Leicester City and Southampton.
Pochettino’s side went into the international break in ninth in the table after three wins, two draws and three defeats from their opening eight games.
The Argentine boss is under the most pressure and scrutiny he has ever faced since taking the job and he will know the game against rock-bottom Watford following the international break is a must-win.
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