Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier has claimed that the current ‘golden generation’ at White Hart Lane must win trophies to be deemed a success at the club, according to the Daily Mirror.
Mauricio Pochettino has assembled what is arguably Spurs’ strongest ever squad over the last two seasons and many fans and pundits believe this is the North London outfit’s best chance of winning a first league title since 1961.
That assessment had led Dier, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sunday, to deliver a stinging reminder to his teammates, including England hotshots Dele Alli and Harry Kane, to not to let this opportunity slip.
“Football is about winning trophies,” the former Sporting Lisbon man said.
“If you ask us later on in life and we hadn’t won a trophy with the squad we have now, the players we’ve got and the basis we have to do that…if in five years’ time [that hadn’t happened] everyone would be disappointed.
“We’ve got to keep working hard and improving as there is still a lot we can work on before we reach that level, and the whole squad is desperate to win trophies.”
Former Southampton boss Pochettino has been a huge success since arriving at White Hart Lane two seasons ago.
Since then, the Argentinean coach has assembled a team with a largely English spine that will do wonders for both Spurs and the national set up.
Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have excelled at full back, while Dier himself has proved a vital cog in the defensive midfield position.
Further forward, boy wonder Dele Alli and Golden Boot winner Harry Kane have provided enough goals to keep Pochettino’s men in with a realistic chance of winning the Premier League this year.
With Spurs still in the Europa League and FA Cup too, there is every chance Spurs could end the season with some silverware.
Dier knows, though, how difficult it is to compete effectively on three fronts.
“It’s very difficult,” the 22-year-old told the Daily Mirror.
“The FA Cup is difficult, knockout, play lower-league teams with nothing to lose, they will throw everything at you and in a one-off game anything can happen. But that is our aim, to stay in every competition as long as possible and fight on all fronts.
“Dele is scoring a lot of goals which has put him in the headlines but I’m not sure if it’s the best form he’s shown. Last season there were times when he was fantastic as well but he can do better as well. I’m sure he can.”
Spurs have drawn Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup and take on West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday.