Eric Dier opens up about his biggest flaw, jokes about disciplinary record

The Tottenham Hotspur defender turned midfielder has been discussing his move into the middle of the park.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier has joked that he has received as many yellow cards during two months in the middle of the park as he has during his whole career in defence, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The 21-year-old has been turned into a holding midfielder by head coach Mauricio Pochettino this term, one of the Argentine's bolder and more successful moves during his time at White Hart Lane.

And Dier has taken to the role well - except for the fact he feels he is too aggressive through the middle.

According to the Tottenham man, he has found it difficult to adjust to the lack of time you get on the ball in midfield.

Dier told the Mirror: "I maybe need to be a bit more sensible. There are times when I have probably been a bit too aggressive. I’ll always take a yellow card if it helps the team and that’s happened once or twice.

"I think that says something about the change in position. I think I got about five yellow cards in my whole career as a defender. Then I move to midfield and I get five in a couple of months.

"In midfield, there is even less time to think and sometimes the decision to tackle is made on the spur of the moment. If you are just half a second too late, it can be a booking. It’s the nature of the beast of that position."

The aggression aside, Dier has been superb in midfield so far this season.

The Tottenham man was criticised for his role in Anderlecht's winner on Thursday, though, with the 21-year-old holding his hands behind his back when he could have been more imposing.

But Dier will likely play a key role if selected against Bournemouth later today. Spurs fans will be expecting a response after their poor Europa League display, a performance that made it four games without a win since Tottenham's 4-1 battering of Manchester City.

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