The young Tottenham Hotspur player is developing at quite a pace.
When Eric Dier smashed home the equalising goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City on Saturday, it was a moment that could define both his and his club’s season.
The clamour for Tottenham to sign a new defensive midfielder during the summer was considerable, and yet just a few weeks on and that particular argument has faded away, replaced by those praising Dier’s recent performances and manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to switch him there in the first place.
Dier had played further forward before for Sporting Lisbon, but it was still brave of Pochettino to move him there and basically label him the club’s lynchpin for the key games to come.
It worked, as shown brilliantly against City, but Dier’s performance against the suddenly capitulating Blues showed he is so much more than just a holding midfielder.
Before Dier calmly steered a long-range shot past the hapless City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, Tottenham were struggling to get back into the game, but from that moment on they were like a different team and they tore their opponents apart in the second half.
Dier has already scored two goals this season and he can be expected to net plenty more in the years to come.
Could he ultimately become a complete midfielder? It is far too early to tell, but the signs are certainly very promising.