Eric Dier may now be facing an uncertain future at Tottenham after again being snubbed by Jose Mourinho ahead of today's clash with Arsenal.
The 27-year-old hasn't featured in a Premier League game since the 2-1 defeat at West Ham on February 21.
Before that, Dier had only missed three games in the competition this term.
The partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez is now looking settled – and Mourinho's go to in the Premier League.
So could Dier now be approaching a crossroads in his north London career despite being one of the first names on the team sheet earlier this term?
Despite missing four Premier League games in a row now, the England international did feature in the Europa League on Thursday for the 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Dier is likely to be given cup appearances and the odd Premier League start.
But few will be calling for Mourinho to drop either Sanchez or Alderweireld after the pairing looking solid in recent weeks.
As for the future, Japhat Tanganga is the youngster ready to burst into the first-team.
And Joe Rodon was brought in by Mourinho just last summer.
To add, should the Portuguese boss look to sign the likes of Milan Skriniar or Jannick Vestergaard this summer, Dier could find himself out in the cold.
A move back into midfield could be an option for the versatile star – although he did tell Mourinho this season he wanted to play at the back.
Dier has always been a favourite of Mourinho's, with the Spurs boss often flirting with signing the former Sporting Lisbon man when he was Manchester United manager.
But the Tottenham boss did substitute Dier after 29 minutes of his second game in charge of the club in the Champions League win over Olympiakos in November 2019.
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Since then, the player has bounced back but has recently been forced to deny claims he is struggling for confidence after his recent snub.
“I’m a big boy, this is a ruthless profession and I focus on trying to do the best that I can every time I get an opportunity,” Dier said.
“I always try to be the best version of myself, every day in training I try to improve constantly. I know I can have good games and bad games but I’m always relaxed because I know that I give everything I do have.
“Everything on the outside doesn’t affect me so much because I’m confident in myself and I’m confident that I always try to give the best of myself. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it goes badly but my effort never changes.”
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