Eric Dier discusses his switch into midfield for Spurs this season

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The 21-year-old has impressed for Tottenham in the middle of the park, despite usually turning out as a defender.

Tottenham Hotspur's young defensive star Eric Dier has been discussing his switch to defensive midfield in an interview in the Hampstead Highgate Express.

The 21-year-old had already flexed his versatility biceps last season when he spent time not only in his favoured position of central defence, but also doing an adequate job at fullback deputising for Kyle Walker.

This season has seen an ever larger switch for the England Under-21 player, as he has been implemented in a defensive midfield role since pre-season training began, starting all four of the club's Premier League games in that position.

However, it is not a position that is entirely unfamiliar to him, as he revealed to the Ham and High.

“I think I’ve done quite well since I’ve played there for these four games," Dier told the media outlet. "Hopefully the manager will keep his trust in me and I’ll keep trying to do well in there.

“I played there for one manager at Sporting Lisbon. I hadn’t played there for a long time but I have played there before so it wasn’t completely new to me. I’ll just do my best."

With Spurs signing three defenders this summer, including two who specialise in the middle of the back four, it's not a surprise to hear Dier admitting he's grateful to get out on the pitch in any position.

“I’m happy to play anywhere, I’ll play in goal if he wants me to," the youngster joked. "The manager has shown a lot of trust in me, I just want to repay him."

And Dier also shone a light on how he is having to adjust the way he plays in order to be a success in his newfound role, with it important to adjust his awareness on the pitch compared with playing in defence.

“The main difference [in midfield] is that there are things behind you," he added. "At centre-back and right-back, everything is normally in front of you, so the fact that there is lots of stuff happening behind you, I think that’s the main thing to try and get used to.

“Maybe when I watch football I’ll look a little bit more [at the holding midfielders] now, as I did when I was playing centre-back and right-back. That’s naturally what you do in your head - when you watch football, you watch people playing in your position.”

With Tottenham long rumoured to be interesting in adding a defensive midfielder, Dier can certainly take it as a positive that Pochettino has been happy enough with his performances that he has chosen not to go out and sign someone. We'll see if that remains the case past the transfer deadline.

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