Eric Dier has praised Tottenham’s summer signings and highlighted the potential quality they could bring to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
After the arrivals of Fabio Paratici and Espirito Santo to north London, they wasted no time in doing business and bringing some new players to Spurs.
Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, Emerson Royal and Pape Matar Sarr were the incomings from the summer transfer window – for a combined £89million transfer fee – with the latter being loaned back to his former club Metz until the end of the season.
The other four have all had game time under the Portuguese head coach in the first couple of months of the 2021/22 season and have all shown signs of potential to be quality players for the Lilywhites.
Dier and Romero have played alongside each other in a back four three times so far this season, with their most recent being in the 2-1 victory against Aston Villa.
The Argentine has started showing why he was the Serie A Defender of the Year last term and is a centre-back who likes to get forward when he can.
The Englishman has created the most big-chances for Spurs in their opening seven Premier League games and seems to be high up in Espirito Santo’s pecking order of centre-backs.
“Cristian [Romero] looks good, I think he’s going to be a fantastic player for the club, I love the way he plays,” Dier said in an interview on Tottenham’s official website.
“It’s enjoyable to watch and he’s enjoyable to play with.
“He’s very aggressive, very much on the front foot and very clever as well, the way he uses his body, the way he reads the game. He’s sharp, and so quick to execute. He’s very sneaky in taking the ball away and using different angles.”
After the first international break, Romero was part of the South American trio who had to isolate before returning to north London. Among the trio was his fellow Argentina teammate, Giovani Lo Celso, who Dier said has helped him settle in at Tottenham.
“Cristian [Romero] has settled in really well. He has Gio [Lo Celso] here as well, which helps. It’s an easy group to settle into, he’s settled in well, a really good guy,” he explained.
Emerson was a deadline day signing for the N17-based club but he has already shown signs of his quality as he battles for a place at right-back, against Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.
The Brazilian has been able to get up and down the right flank to help Spurs’ attacking force, as well as trying to keep a strong back line.
In an interview with Globo Esporte, the 22-year-old revealed he had been struggling with learning a new language, but he is working hard on that and Dier praised his work ethic on and off the pitch.
“He’s [Emerson] settled in so well, a great character, a lot of fun, works very hard. I’ve been really impressed with him, his work rate, always in the gym, always looking after himself,” he said.
Gollini has played in all Europa Conference League games and in the Carabao Cup victory against Wolves as he works hard to try and become a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Unlike some of the other summer signings, the Italian speaks good English and has previously played in England after a two-year spell at Aston Villa.
“Pier’s been amazing. He brings great energy to the dressing room, great energy to training, always giving 100 per cent, which isn’t always easy for goalkeepers if they’re not playing all the time, but his commitment in training and commitment to get better is fantastic,” Dier added.
“He’s another big character and he brings a lot to the dressing room, during the week, matchdays, and he’s settled in so quickly. Nothing but positives.”
Gil is one of the young bright sparks currently at Spurs and he has impressed so far with his high-energy performances, especially when he has come on as a substitute against Arsenal and Aston Villa.
“I’ve been impressed with him [Gil], in a new country and he plays with a lot of courage, a lot of confidence, always wants the ball, never hiding. That’s great to see. He has a lot of quality as well,” Dier explained.
The 20-year-old has been used to playing for the Spain U21s but in this international break he has been called up to the first team, after Marcos Llorente picked up an injury.
After beating Italy 2-1 in the semi-final of the Nations League, of which the Tottenham youngster played the final 15 minutes, they are set to play France in the final on Sunday.
If Gil makes an appearance, it could be a great chance for him to continue to get match minutes under his belt but also experience a final with his country and he will be likely to come up against teammate Lloris in the France goal.
Despite three London derby defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, Tottenham got back to winning ways against Dean Smith’s side before the second international break of the season.
With an improved performance in that fixture and summer signings showing the quality they could bring to the Spurs side, Espirito Santo will be hoping their drop in form won’t return.
Source by Football London