Eric Dier has now claimed that he considers central defence to be his best position for Tottenham Hotspur, despite being utilised in numerous other ways for the club.
Upon first joining from Portugal, Dier filled in at right-back and scored on his first two matches for the club in the Premier League.
Before long, Dier was moved into a defensive sweeper role for Spurs, eventually creeping slightly forward into a holding midfield role.
Dier has largely been used in this holding position for the past few seasons, both for Spurs and England, however, he sees his future elsewhere.
After being deployed in the middle of a back three against Wolves on Sunday, Dier claimed that he believes centre-back is his best natural position.
Dier has revealed that Pochettino always knew that his heart was in central defence rather than midfield, but he has always remained tight-lipped on the subject in interviews.
He said (Standard): “I was happy to be able to play and it’s obviously very nice of the manager speaking that way about me. Obviously, the most important thing is the team to win games and we haven’t done that.
“I have always been very politically correct on the subject because of many different reasons, but I’ve come to a decision. It’s been something that isn’t new for me.
“The old manager knew where I stood for a long time about my position and centre-back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be.
“With Pochettino, I started to play there this season, in the two games before he left, and I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.
“I always knew it would happen eventually. With Pochettino, we spoke about it over many years, not just this year. The most important thing is the team, what the team needs from its players at that time.
“But now I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be playing in my best position. That’s it, really.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
All I know is that Dier is not a central midfielder. I would be happy for him to get a run at centre back at some point as one last chance in a Spurs shirt. However, I would argue that he needs to be a little lighter on his feet to get back to his old form.
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