Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier has told the club’s TV channel that he’s not bothered about where he’s asked to play by Mauricio Pochettino.
Dier has made a decent impact in his first season at White Hart Lane, being used in the middle of the defence and towards the right hand side of the back four.
The Daily Mail reported last November that Dier had requested to withdraw from an England under-21 so he could concentrate on his future as a centre back.
“I’m happy to play in any position really, I’m just happy to play in the team and wherever the manager wants me – right-back or centre-back, I’m not really bothered,” he said.
Dier’s pace makes him ideally suited to either role. He’s got that burst of pace, which allows Tottenham to play a high line because he can recover.
It’s also useful for him in wide areas in terms of taking on his opposite number and exploiting space for the side on the counter attack.
He’s also a very strong young man and can use that core strength to his advantage in terms of physical battles, which are unavoidable against some forwards in the Premier League.
The most likely scenario for him is that he will increasingly be used centrally.
Tottenham could sell Younes Kaboul this summer and with Kyle Walker and DeAndre Yedlin as good right-back options, there’s no need for him to focus on a right-back role, unless he’s being used as cover.
He should improve as he’s used consistently in the same position, which will allow him to accumulate more experience in that specific role and he should form a main part of Tottenham’s back four for several years.