Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has admitted to the club's official website that it took him a while to get used to playing at right-back against Newcastle United last weekend.
Dier was required to cover for Kyle Walker against the Magpies and admits that adjusting to his new role was not easy.
After an initial shaky period in the match, the 20-year-old started to enjoy himself, though, and will have been happy with his overall performance - as he helped Spurs to secure a 3-1 victory at St. James' Park.
“I haven’t played at right-back for a while so maybe in the first 10 minutes I was getting used to it again and adjusting my body shape, but after that I felt good and I’m obviously thrilled that we won,” he said.
“It was important to get the win, a comfortable win as well, because of the two results before that and I think everyone is happy about that and raring to go at Southampton.”
Dier has played at right-back before, during the early part of the current campaign, and he has generally looked uncomfortable there.
Dier's lack of pace was exposed on occasion when playing at full-back, but he has largely impressed when played in his more natural position of centre-half.
There are not many 20-year-old defenders who are playing regular football in the Premier League and the future looks to be bright for Dier, who joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon last summer.
The task for him will be to continue progressing at this rate and he will hope that he has done enough to stay in the team for the rest of the season, as he looks for even more first-team exposure.