Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Eric Dier should leave Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
The 35-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur and England international striker believes that there is no point in Dier just training and failing to play on matchdays.
The England international, who can also operate as a defender or as a defensive midfielder, has made just one start and one substitute appearance in the Premier League for Spurs so far this season, according to WhoScored.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the 25-year-old made 18 starts and two substitute appearances in the Premier League, scoring three goals in the process, according to WhoScored.
The former Sporting Lisbon man also made two starts and four substitute appearances in the Champions League for Mauricio Pochettino’s side last season, according to WhoScored.
Former Tottenham striker Bent believes that for Dier to play regular first-team team, he needs to leave Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window.
Bent told Football Insider about Dier: “First and foremost, if he’s not going to play much – you think a couple years back, he was one of their main men. It’s like they had to get him on the pitch somewhere, whether it was centre midfield or centre back.
“If he wants to continue his development, he’s out the England squad again, a couple years back he was one of their main men – he needs to go somewhere and play consistent football.
“He’s not getting into Spurs’ backline and he’s not getting into Spurs’ midfield so at the minute he’s in limbo, just training but for what reason? There’s no prize at the end of it. It is a shame.
“While he sits there on the bench, not that his career’s going down the drain because he’s had a great career, while he sits there, these youngsters are coming up behind him and coming up quickly.”
Tottenham are aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season, as well as progress to the knockout round of the Champions League.