So why was Eric Dier ignored by so many English clubs?


Eric Dier’s Tottenham career is so embryonic that it’s impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions from it.  He had a good game against West Ham on the opening day and was extremely impressive in both directions against Queens Park Rangers, but Premier League careers are not built on two fixtures and his positive start could ultimately vanish as quickly as it arrived.

Irrespective of how he does at White Hart Lane over the long-term, it’s interesting to note that - even with a release-clause of just £4m - no other English club took a risk on Dier.  Because he had never actually played in England prior to his transfer, he was presumably seen as low-percentage by other domestic clubs - but how much of a gamble would he really have been at that price?

True, we don’t yet really know what he is or what he’s capable of, but given how much money English clubs are willing to throw at home-grown talent it’s baffling that another side with a more pronounced defensive need didn’t at least make a play for him.  Everton agreed an exploratory loan deal for him back in 2011, but since then he seems to have completely fallen off the radar - which is a strange thing to say about someone who has represented England from the under-18 group upwards.

There were no guarantees as to how he was going to transition into the Premier League, but why did nobody look at his physical profile, his technical ability, and the two defensive positions he can play and decide that £4m really wasn’t an exorbitant asking price? Do managers and technical directors really have that much distrust for talent from inferior leagues?  If Eric Dier had come through a British academy and had the same level of experience here as did in Portugal, Tottenham would have been asked to pay a healthy eight figures for him.

None of the other ‘adjustment issues’ were in-play here: there was no language barrier, he wasn’t going to have to learn to live within a different culture, and he was clearly good enough to play alongside domestic-based players at various England age groups.  So what was the problem?

Yes, our style of football is different and it is more physically-demanding than other leagues, but there’s a danger that we’re becoming far too one-eyed about this situation and that ‘having not played in England before’ has become too great a caveat within the talent-recruitment process.

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8 Comments on "So why was Eric Dier ignored by so many English clubs?"

  1. bricklayers | Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm |

    Because nobody else has Ian Broomfield on their books. The guy is great at spotting talent quicker than most…he will save us money this way so we dont need to buy big and it fits levys buy and sell business model. In levy I trust. COYS

  2. Reminds be a bit like the impact Gary Mabbutt had when he first arrived and he was overlooked by all others too

  3. jamesspur | Aug 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm |

    Yep we got him lol , its nice that we get the odd good bargain ! and they dont turn out to be a dud , he looks impressive , and long may it continue .
    And long may it continue that we find the good bargains …….coys………..

  4. Reminds me of a a young Rio Ferdinand I just hope Poch sticks with him

  5. Maybe he just told everyone else to “do one”.

  6. Their loss is our gain and I think he (Dier) will be a good signing for us he will probably have the odd bad game that’s natural but in the long run he will prove to be a bargain buy

  7. I agree totally with the last remark, having not played in this country before is becoming too much of a stumbling block for taking on young talent and giving them a chance.

  8. He wasn’t ignored. We bought him.

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