Dier completes loan move to Bayern with option to extend

Eric Dier's time in North London is coming to a close as he finally makes the move to German giants Bayern Munich, a club he's been linked with for weeks.
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Tottenham's squad has evolved and shifted around tremendously in the months since Ange Postecoglou's arrival and now, as he continues to build out his philosophy of attacking football, the club are letting go of a player who hasn't quite suited the team's tactics.

While they weren't successful in offloading players this past summer, Spurs are already opening a roster space, as long-time defender Eric Dier joins Bayern Munich on loan with an option to extend.

Dier joined Tottenham back in the summer of 2014 and has played 364 matches in a Spurs shirt. Now, he'll be bringing those years of experience to Thomas Tuchel's club, where he'll be joining his former teammate and Spurs legend, Harry Kane. The German giants will have a formidable pool of defenders to select from, with Dayot Upamecano, Kim Min-jae, Matthijs de Ligt, Alphonso Davies, and their new signing.

Spurs and Bayern have been on the lookout for new defenders over the past few months, with both clubs eyeing a move for Radu Dragusin. The Romanian footballer, however, has finally completed his move to Spurs, meaning both clubs will be walking away from the January window with bolstered defenses.

Tottenham now have more defensive talent on their hands than in the previous few seasons, with Dragusin joining summer signing Micky van de Ven, and vice-captain Cristian Romero. The three center-backs will certainly make Ange Postecoglou's job difficult when it comes to selecting his starting XI.

With the Englishman now gone, the organization are truly leaning into Ange's messaging around his current project at the club, as he works to reinforce the attack-oriented identity that has defined Tottenham all season. Unfortunately for Dier, his lesser pace and passing ability in tight areas didn't suit Ange's high-line and press.

With Romero and Dragusin's physical strength and aggressiveness, and Van de Ven's height and recovery speed, along with the ability to play through the lines into the inverted wingers, Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro, Ange will have a great selection come match day.

If the team can combine their goal-scoring ability with a solid back-line, top-four debates could soon evolve to more ambitious targets. It's certainly too early to tell, but fans will be extremely eager to see how the new defender gets on.