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Exclusive: Postecoglou to promote Spurs wonderkid as Dier replacement

If Eric Dier leaves Tottenham during the January transfer window, boss Ange Postecoglou intends to move defender Alfie Dorrington up to the first-team roster, FootballTransfers can exclusively confirm.

The Australian is seeking to bolster his squad in the forthcoming window in attack, midfield, and defense, according to our sources.As we previously exclusively disclosed, Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder for Manchester City, is a player that is liked at Spurs.

The Times reports that Sporting CP are keeping an eye on England center-back Dier, who came up via the Portuguese team’s system. Dier is one of the players that could be sacrificed. He has not yet appeared this season.

After Tottenham spent an initial €40 million (£34.5 million) for Netherlands international center-back Micky van de Ven – with that cost potentially rising to €50 million with add-ons – and that fee potentially reaching €50 million with add-ons, the introduction of the talented youngster would be one method to save money to add to recruiting moving forward.

High-profile players like Mark Guehi of Crystal Palace and Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen have been linked to Postecoglou and Tottenham, but these deals may be hampered by price and the players’ demand for first-team football guarantees.

Postecoglou views Dorrington as a top prospect to strengthen the first team as a result.

The 18-year-old, who hails from the nearby neighborhood of Enfield, is well-liked at his old club and has already played for the England U19 team.

Dorrington, who came to Tottenham from Cockfosters FC when he was 13 years old, is viewed as a player who is at ease in possession and a future star at the club.

He has played for Spurs U21s on five occasions in the Premier League 2 and once in the EFL Trophy, with the London team giving up three goals during those outings.

Ange wants youth link

Postecoglou has previously stated, while at Celtic: “I think it’s vital having players that were brought up with this club. I’m a strong supporter of bringing youngsters from the academy into the first-team squad. Just take a peek at our skipper, I suppose. Not only is it for Callum McGregor, but it’s also for our fans to know that one of their own has moved from the stands to the field.

Dorrington might be the next homegrown hero for Spurs, who earlier this season lost one of their own in the form of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich.

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