Eric Dier’s ambition to play at centre back for Spurs is admirable but it creates a problem for the Spurs youngster.
Kyle Walker’s return to fitness allows Mauricio Pochettino to give Dier exactly what he wants which is a position in the middle of the Tottenham back four, which is not going to be easy for player or coach over the next few weeks.
Dier has been superb since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon last summer but that initial progress could now be halted as Spurs focus more on him becoming a centre back.
Pochettino has no need to use Dier in any other position, but he’s arguably down the pecking order in terms of being a central defender in the Tottenham defence.
The problem Pochettino has is that he’s going through a period at the moment where he’s more likely to trust older and more experienced players.
It’s a risk for him to play Dier in the heart of Tottenham’s back four ahead of the likes of Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, arguably better players in that position.
Where Dier has to change that perception is when he’s given the chance to play in Tottenham’s defence, whether that’s in the Premier League, the Europa League or the FA Cup over the second half of the campaign.
Injuries allowed him the opportunity to impress at right-back but he’s featured just once at centre back for Tottenham this season.
Pochettino hasn’t had a great chance to watch Dier playing centrally in defence so it’s important he takes his opportunities well to prove that he’s got the potential to form a key part of the spine of this Tottenham Hotspur side over the rest of his career.
Federico Fazio and Vlad Chiriches are struggling to get games, which emphasises the difficult Dier faces in terms of becoming a starting centre back at the club. Although it would help if Fazio could stay on the pitch when he gets games.