Does Dier signing signal the end for Naughton?

The signing of Eric Dier, an Englishman from Sporting and thus home grown, possibly spells the end of the road for Kyle Naughton.

Does Dier signing signal the end for Naughton?


Naughton has been a good servant to Spurs in my view but will be 26 in November, he is not the youngster some believe. He isn't the greatest but he has covered both right-back and left-back on low wages by today's Premier League standards.

There have been times when we would have been lost without him, two seasons ago Walker had to play virtually every game so short of defenders were we and Naughton was consistently seen at left-back.

Last season with an injury to first choice right-back Kyle Walker, who joined Spurs at the same time as Naughton, he was able to get plenty of game time.

Eric Dier is a 20-year-old centre-back who can also play defensive midfield, but at 1.88m (6' 2") he future looks to lie at the heart of our defence. He can also though play right-back so together with 21-year-old Ryan Fredericks he can probably cover the right-back position too.

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Playing Fredericks in some European ties and domestic Cup games would give Walker a rest and if Fredericks gets injured then Dier could step into the breach. At 20 he will need to be played to develop but also at that age will need to be protected and brought along carefully to avoid burn out.

With Ben Davies and Danny Rose at left-back Naughton is not really needed any more to provide cover there as 21-year-old Zeki Fryers has played there in both the Premier League and n Europe.

If we are to bring along Fredericks it would appear there is no place for Naughton and the interest from Swansea could see us doing business with them again. If he is made available though Swansea won't be the only one after him, with regular playing he would be a competent right-back for someone.

£5 million, who'll give me £5 million.



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