Whatever magic Mauricio Pochettino has weaved during his short time at the Tottenham helm is certainly working on England Under-21 Eric Dier, the centre-half signed from Sporting Lisbon this summer for a paltry £4m.
Dier has not only helped his side to two clean sheets from two Premier League matches so far, but also co-led the top flight’s top-scorer charts prior to this weekend courtesy of strikes in both of his new team’s wins against West Ham and QPR.
Spurs host Liverpool next, with Daniel Sturridge, Emmanuel Adebayor and expected Reds debutant Mario Balotelli heading the first-scorer market, at 5/1 apiece for the opening pair and 11/2 about the Italian trouble-magnet, despite none of this trio managing as much yet this term.
Cheltenham-born Dier has, away to the Irons on opening weekend, and although two-goal Super Hoops nemesis Nacer Chadli will attract plenty of interest at 11/1 for a second deadlock-breaker in a row at White Hart Lane, at twice the price the winger’s young teammate must be backed.
You can have 22/1 about Dier scoring first against Brendan Rodgers’ unlucky 2013/14 title miss-outs, while the 20-year-old merely continuing his cracking streak with an anytime goal is available at baffling 8/1 odds.
Liverpool centre-halves Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren both come in shorter than their Lilywhites competitor, which makes little sense considering they combined to notch just three times between them last term.
Dier could match that haul on his own with a second Spurs opener against the Reds, which would put Pochettino’s men well on their way to retaining their 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season with a 17/10 victory.
Rodgers’ charges are also 17/10 to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at champions Manchester City by beating Spurs, with the draw 23/10.