Jermaine Jenas thinks Spurs defender Eric Dier’s “stock has gone through the roof” after Davinson Sanchez’s “shocking” display against Wolves on Sunday.
Wolves won the game 2-0 thanks to goals in the first 20 minutes from Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker as Tottenham gift-wrapped both opportunities with poor defending.
Their loss to Bruno Lage’s side was their third Premier League defeat in a row after losses to Chelsea and Southampton in their previous two fixtures.
Eric Dier has missed seven of their last eight games through injury with Spurs lining up with a back three of Sanchez, Cristian Romero and Ben Davies against Wolves.
And Jenas thinks their defensive performances in recent weeks have highlighted how much Spurs miss the England international.
Jenas said: “It was poor, really poor. The game was gone in the first half, defensively all over the place. A lot of Spurs fans are sitting there thinking ‘what’s going on?’. Defensively in the last couple of games they’ve been wide open, there for the taking. Wolves took them apart. The mistakes that are being made…
“Davinson Sanchez today was shocking. Body language is important in defence and you need leaders. (Their panicking) just adds to the panic in the stadium.
“The captain (goalkeeper Hugo Lloris) today… these are two really bad mistakes. (First goal) that is as bad as you’re going to see from what is supposed to be a top-level keeper, flapping at it like that.
“It could have been four of five easily with the space Wolves had, they were all over the place. Conte has a lot of problems.
“Without Dier, whose stock has gone through the roof in this period, they don’t have what it takes to come together and keep a clean sheet.”
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Fellow pundit Glenn Murray added: “This (Spurs’ second goal conceded) is a comedy of errors to say the least.
“It was a complete performance (from Wolves), the perfect away performance especially after disappointment this week. They’ve used that to invigorate them and gone to Spurs and dismantled them.”