Post-match

Tottenham must start winning trophies to avoid wasting generation of top talent, says Eric Dier

Tottenham must start winning trophies to avoid wasting generation of top talent, says Eric Dier

Eric Dier has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur teammates to win the major honours he believes their talent warrants so they don’t regret the opportunities later on in their careers.

The England international captained the Spurs side that beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup, thus setting up a home tie with League Two’s Wycombe Wanderers.

Even with nine changes, Mauricio Pochettino’s men comprehensively beat a Villa aside who will probably more interested in securing promotion after last season’s relegation to the Championship.

Dier told the Daily Mail: “Football is about winning trophies. 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 base 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.”

White Hart Lane hosts West Bromwich Albion as Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend as they look to take their winning league run to six games while pulling away from fourth and fifth-placed; Manchester City and Arsenal.

Their last game saw them inflict leaders Chelsea’s first defeat since September and ended the Blues winning run at 13-league games. After the visit of the Baggies, Pochettino’s men head to Manchester City in a clash between second and third.

Eric Dies has played 18 Premier League games for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Eric Dier

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