Mauricio Pochettino spent the summer supposedly improving Spurs with the signings of Victor Waynama, Vincent Janssen, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
The latter two are yet to really show any signs that they are capable of helping the Lilywhites push onto the next step of winning trophies.
Wanyama, meanwhile, has his drawbacks. The sturdy midfield chief has come into the side largely at the expense of Eric Dier, who has either reverted to centre-back or been kept on the bench.
The 1-0 defeat to Manchester United was testament to the fact that Wanyama doesn’t seem to suit Pochettino’s system. Dier was key to providing that extra defensive cover last season, while also playing the ball well thanks to his unique football education with Sporting Lisbon.
Now, just as this reality is dawning, it seems like Dier’s lack of game time could come back to bite Tottenham.
The Times report that the England international, who was one of the only Three Lions’ stars to play well at the Euros, is in demand.
The broadsheet have it that several clubs are monitoring his situation, but Chelsea and Bayern Munich are the two most interested.
Whether Chelsea were impressed by him hacking them to pieces in May’s 2-2 draw, or they just like Dier as a player more generally, who knows.
Bayern have long been linked with a move for the versatile midfielder, who is reportedly concerned that his international chances are being hampered while he sits on the bench at White Hart Lane.
It’s only a couple of months since Dier signed a new deal at Spurs, so he isn’t going to come cheap, but he may well have to consider his options in the summer.