Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier made a good case for being the club's first-reserve at centre-back after an impressive showing against Sunderland this weekend.
Dier has been forced to play out at right-back when on the pitch for much of his time at Spurs so far, but he was given a more central role on Saturday.
The youngster has spent his entire career so far playing in central defence and he looked very comfortable alongside Jan Vertonghen.
It was a display which could move him up the pecking order at White Hart Lane, and he may well have convinced Maurico Pochettino that he is a better option than either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches.
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Dier showed every aspect of his defensive quality - winning two headers, making two interceptions and completing a tackle.
He was also consistent with the ball at his feet - finding a teammate with over 88% of his passes.
Pochettino has shown no reluctance in throwing youngsters into the campaign and Dier is proving that he is more than ready to perform a function.
Although he is unlikely to dislodge either Federico Fazio or Vertonghen, the club's first-choice pairing, in the near future, his first team chances may have been considerably aided by his display.
Both Chiriches and Kaboul have stepped in previously, but they have not shown anywhere near the class that Dier did against Sunderland and the 20-year-old should be very optimistic about his future at White Hart Lane.