Eric Dier has claimed that the Tottenham squad assembled by Mauricio Pochettino must start to win trophies if they are to be considered a successful team.

 

Tottenham have been praised in recent weeks for their playing style and ability to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea who have substantially bigger budgets. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

As quoted by ESPN,Dier - who captained Spurs in the 2-0 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday - said, "Football is about winning trophies."

 

"If you ask us later on in life and we hadn't won a trophy with the squad we have now, the players we've got and the basis we have to do that... if in five years' time that hadn't happened, everyone would be disappointed.

 

"We've got to keep working hard and improving as there is still a lot we can work on before we reach that level and the whole squad is desperate to win trophies."


Tottenham have not won a major trophy since a League Cup success in 2008, when goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Jonathan Woodgate helped defeat Chelsea in the final.

Tottenham Hotspurs' Irish striker Robbie

However, Tottenham did move one step closer to winning a trophy this year after defeating Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.


The game looked to be heading towards a replay before late goals from Ben Davies and Son  Heung-Min ensured Pochettino's men progressed into the last 32.

 

Dier - one of only two players not to be rested for the Villa game - has become an integral part of the Tottenham side and has only missed two league games this season.

 

Spurs could also cut the gap from leaders Chelsea to four points, if they beat West Brom this weekend.