Eric Dier admits that he has been surprised by the amount of first-team football he has been given since signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
The defender, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £4 million in the previous transfer window, has become a key member of the club's starting line-up since arriving.
It has came as a shock to many, including Dier himself, as it was expected he would be purchased for his potential rather than his immediate ability, but the England youth-international has been pleasantly surprised by Mauricio Pochettino's trust in him.
“Because it’s my first year in English football and I’m young, I didn’t expect to get off to the start I have here and I’m happy to have played so many games," he said to the Standard. "I really didn’t know what to expect."
“I’ve made mistakes and learned a lot in such a short period of time, playing Liverpool and Manchester City. I’ve learned something from every game.”
Dier has done a credible job in a position that is not his most familiar one so far during his career at White Hart Lane.
The 20-year-old has been moved into a right-back position despite being more accustomed to playing in the heart of defence at his previous clubs.
This has been a decision which has rather been taken out of Pochettino's hands, though, and Dier may find his chances more limited when Kyle Walker returns.
Walker has been ruled out for the entirety of the campaign so far with injury, but he seems to be edging closer to fitness now and when he does return it is likely that Dier will have to take a backseat role.
Even so, it has still been an encouraging start from the youngster, who has proven to be an astute purchase from Pochettino, and he will be excited about his future at the North-London side.