Eric Dier's form as a holding midfielder could save Tottenham millions in the transfer market

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The Tottenham Hotspur player is looking great in his new position for the club.

Once Tottenham Hotspur had completed their transfer business for another summer, the feeling among many fans was that they had failed to sufficiently strengthen in one key area more than most – defensive midfield.

While Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino brought in three new defenders and two new attackers, he failed to sign the quality holding midfielder that all clubs need to compete at the top level, but in hindsight it seems he did not need to.

Eric Dier signed for Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon back in 2014 for just £4million (as reported by the BBC), and while he has featured predominantly as a right-back or centre-back since moving to White Hart Lane, he had already made a name for himself further forward.

Dier switched between centre-back and central midfield in his final two seasons at Sporting, and his performances in the latter position garnered plenty of praise.

Pochettino was obviously taking note because so far this season Dier has been used seven times as a defensive midfielder…and he is getting better by the week.

It may be too early to say Dier is the solution to that particular problem, but the early signs look positive, and if the England under-21 international continues on his current trajectory there is a good chance he is about to save Tottenham tens of millions of pounds; such is the current cost of quality holding players.

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