The recent signing from Sporting Lisbon gave a superb performance for Tottenham in the game against the Bundesliga outfit.
Eric Dier made his debut in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Schalke at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, and proved why he is such a big talent with a strong showing up there with the very best on the pitch.
Spurs won the game through goals in each half from strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, Kevin-Prince Boateng scored a consolation on his return to his former club. 20-year-old Dier played his part in what was a decent defensive display, looking very confident and capable in possession alongside old head Younes Kaboul at the back.
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Positionally strong, powerful and solid in the air, Dier looked a readymade Premier League player against the German outfit, and will surely have been delighted with his Tottenham debut. He has been handed the number 25 shirt following French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris's claiming of the number one shirt.
With doubts remaining over the future of nearly every Tottenham centre back, Dier will also be encouraged by the belief that impressive performances in training, coupled with this excellent game against Schalke could see him come into the first team picture.
That will of course depend on whether Mauricio Pochettino is successful in his attempt to sign Mateo Musacchio or any other more senior defender.
Either way, everyone associated with the club, not least the supporters, will have been impressed with a player that cost just £4 million from Sporting Lisbon.
Though it may be tempting to throw the youngster into the first team picture, it is worth remembering that easing players in does have its benefits, especially when they play such an important position as central defence.
Interestingly, both Kaboul and club captain Michael Dawson joined Spurs as highly promising young defenders. Kaboul struggled to settle, finding his feet after transferring to Portsmouth only for Spurs to buy the Frenchman back.