Tottenham Hotspur V Burnley at White Hart Lane : Match Preview

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16 December 2016
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Eric Dier isn't unhappy at Tottenham - Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino insists Eric Dier has never told him he is unhappy with his role at Tottenham.

Dier has been used in a variety of positions by Pochettino, who played the 22-year-old at full-back when he first took charge, only to subsequently use him in midfield and central defence.

Toby Alderweireld's return to fitness and Victor Wanyama's impressive form anchoring Tottenham's midfield means Dier's place in the team has come under threat.

Bayern Munich are one club reportedly monitoring the situation, having sent scouts to watch Dier last season, but Pochettino believes his player is content at White Hart Lane.

"I never hear from him that he wasn't happy," Pochettino said.

"When he was playing like a midfielder, centre-back, full-back, he has never come to say to me: 'I'm not happy to play in that position'.

"We are talking about rumours so it's too difficult to say things."

Tottenham host Burnley on Sunday, looking to build on Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Hull and reduce the gap between them and league leaders Chelsea.

Mousa Dembele is still struggling with a foot injury and will be assessed on Saturday but Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen remain out.

Lamela has not yet recovered from a hip problem while Janssen has injured his ankle.

Sean Dyche is confident his side can continue to confound the critics over the second half of the season to maintain their place in the Premier League as they target an improved away performance at Tottenham.

While Dyche's side have picked up five wins at Turf Moor, including victories over both Liverpool and Everton, it has been a different story away from home in the league - they have managed just one draw and suffered six defeats.

Dyche believes the balance of form will come as his side continue to grow into life back among the elite.

"It is a tough one for us because in the grand scheme of things most people would be pleasantly surprised by where we are in the league at the moment," Dyche told a press conference.

"I think we have exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not so much our fans and certainly not myself, those of my staff and my team.

"I think from the outside looking in it is well documented that nobody fancied us to have a chance of being in this division, then to continue there.

"Overall, I think we are giving a good account of ourselves, and the stats suggest the away results will come towards you, but we have to make them come towards us because it's improbable that you won't win away.

"You usually find a way of winning at some point, but we have to make sure, rather than just waiting for that to occur."

Burnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be given a late fitness test ahead of the trip. The Iceland international has been missing since the end of November with a hamstring injury.

Andre Gray could retain his place in the starting XI having returned for the 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night, while midfielder Steven Defour is also pressing for a recall.


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