Coral’s five loan destinations for Tottenham defender Eric Dier
Tottenham, 7/1 with Coral for a top four finish, may have no room at the inn to develop England Under-21 defender Eric Dier.
The former Sporting Lisbon star made a fine start to life at White Hart Lane, netting twice in his first two matches, but has struggled for game time recently and could be shipped out on loan.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to prefer the partnership of Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen in central defence, whilst Kyle Walker’s return means Dier will also face increased competition at right back.
Here, we consider which teams could benefit from snapping up the versatile centre half this Christmas.
Paul Lambert’s side could be an ideal destination for young Dier. Having stuck by Tom Cleverley, Villa have proven they will play loanees and allow them a fair crack of the whip.
With rumours circulating that Louis van Gaal is looking to snare Villans skipper Ron Vlaar in the January sales, Dier could certainly find space at Villa Park.
Ex-Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is currently sidelined, meaning the Spurs starlet would only have to challenge Ivorian-born Denmark international Jores Okore and the Republic of Ireland’s Ciaran Clark for a starting spot.
The Tigers, 9/2 to finish bottom, desperately need an injection of quality in the winter window, as they struggle to escape the relegation zone.
Ex-Tottenham captain Michael Dawson could be out of action for around a month with a hamstring injury, leaving Steve Bruce’s side on shaky ground.
Now could be the time for Dier to step in, and who better to mentor him than former centre back Bruce? Cheltenham-born Dier’s composure on the ball, goal threat and ability to pick a pass could all help Hull to build from the back.
The Saints may have to brace themselves for a mega bid for right back Nathaniel Clyne this January, while also temporarily losing Japan defender Maya Yoshida to the 2015 Asian Cup.
Ronald Koeman could solve both potential problems with one loan move for promising Dier, who can also fill in on the right rearguard flank.
Southampton have a fantastic track record with developing youth, which could make them a tempting option for Dier, who need look no further than loanee Ryan Bertrand’s fantastic performances.
Tottenham, however, may not want to help bolster a direct rival for European places.
Dier recently stated that he wants to play as a centre half instead of being used as a utility man, so Sunderland could be his best bet for securing a berth in the heart of defence.
After a few wobbles at the start of the season, the Black Cats have organised their backline, with veterans John O’Shea and Wes Brown putting in some top notch performances. However, both are prone to lapses and could use a spot of youthful back-up.
With his vast potential, 20-year-old Dier would stand a good chance of usurping Brown in the pecking order.
West Ham United
The Hammers are another side that may lose a star in the January window, with the impressive Winston Reid yet to sign a new contract at Upton Park.
Clubs are said to be circling, so Sam Allardyce may decide to cash in, with Dier available to offer a quick-fix.
Excellent Alex Song has also been vital to high-flying West Ham’s success, but the Barcelona loan star is expected to head to the African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.
Dier, who can also operate as a defensive midfielder, could easily plug both gaps for Big Sam, who is 12/1 to steer the Hammers to a top four finish.