Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy have one simple contract decision to make at Tottenham this summer
Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy really have a simple decision to make when it comes down to a new contract for one of the squad this summer.
Already making his mark at Tottenham in January as he brought in Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn, the head coach will be looking to do the same over the coming months as he aims to build a team that can compete for silverware on a regular basis.
It won’t just be incomings and outgoings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, however, as decisions need to be made over contracts as Mourinho plans for the future.
Academy graduates Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp will no doubt be in line for fresh deals with their contracts set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, with a long-serving player also in a similar boat to the pair.
The man in question is Eric Dier as he will soon be set to enter the final 12 months of his deal.
The club used to be so on the ball in terms of contracts with Mauricio Pochettino and Levy keen to tie their players down to long-term deals.
Dier was one of those as he penned a five-year contract back in September 2016.
However, he’s not signed another one since and that’s why he’s in the position he’s currently in.
Perhaps a player they may have looked to cash in on a few months ago with him struggling to get into the starting XI and looking way off his best, he has been excellent for the Lilywhites since March.
Key to his upturn in form has been his decision to revert to defence from his holding midfield position on a permanent basis.
Impressing in four games at centre-back prior to the break in play due to the coronavirus pandemic, he has continued to maintain his high levels in Spurs’ two games since the return of the Premier League.
Going from hero to villain against Manchester United after conceding a late penalty, the 26-year-old was very good in the team’s win over West Ham on Tuesday evening.
Speaking about Dier following the draw against Manchester United, Mourinho said: “He was fantastic, I think he played very well.
“I think Davinson [Sanchez] had one mistake in the first half, where [due to] a technical mistake the ball went to [Marcus] Rashford and Rashford had that chance with Hugo [Lloris].
“Apart from that, I think they both played very well and Dier, for me, was absolutely perfect.”
Keeping Toby Alderweireld out of the team at present, Mourinho may have found his perfect centre-back pairing in Dier and Sanchez as he looks to fix his problem position since he took on the job in November.
If it is indeed the solution to the team’s defensive woes then the boss will be keen to ensure it becomes his long-term pairing.
That in turn means Spurs need to offer the ex-Sporting CP man a new deal to ensure he remains in the capital for the foreseeable future.
It really is a simple decision for all concerned going on his current form.