Eric Dier discusses his new role as Tottenham's midfield general

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The England Under-21 has enjoyed a successful positional change this season.

Tottenham starlet Eric Dier has addressed his change of position this season, in an interview with Spurs TV.

The 21-year old was speaking after penning a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2020 and feels like his transition from centre-back to holding midfield has been a smooth one.

Responding to the interviewer’s suggestion that he looks like a seasoned pro in central midfield already, Dier replied:

“I wouldn’t go that far… but I played there in pre-season and I played there before a couple of times in Portugal so I knew, more or less, the position.

“Obviously it’s a bit different playing it in the Premier League than in the other competitions I’ve played in it before.

“I think I’ve adapted quite well but I know I can improve a lot and hopefully I will,” he added.

The powerful youngster has certainly adapted well to his new role and after some initial growing pains, now looks like a nailed on starter for Mauricio Pochettino.

His presence and aggression in the centre of the pitch has added balance to a Spurs team who were perhaps guilt of being too lightweight at times last season with the midfield duo of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.

Dier’s football schooling in Portugal has also ensured he knows how to look after the ball and his technical ability is an underrated asset of his game.

The former Sporting Lisbon man has been guilty of dallying on the ball at times in his first few games but by his own admission is still growing into the role and over time will become more accustomed to the positional requirements and awareness levels needed to function in the heart of midfield.

His comments on progressing further in the role suggest no return to central defence is beckoning any time soon and with his start to the season, it's no wonder.

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