Tottenham star Dier has moved from defence to midfield this season.
He said: “I played there a bit in Portugal before, so it wasn’t like it was completely new to me. But everything happens more quickly there [in defensive midfield]. There are things going on behind you, as well as in front of you, so you need to be a bit more aware. That took me a bit of time, making sure I had my bearings for the position.”
Dier did used to play in holding midfield when a youth player, but he has admitted that the speed of the game caused him issues this season when placed in his new role.
Rather than being able to see the entire game ahead of him, as can be done in defence, Dier has had to deal with action happening behind him as well as in front, and the youngster has come to terms with this 360 degree action impressively.
He does not look flustered playing in midfield, and despite his young age and the importance of the holding role in Pochettino’s system, the soon-to-be English international retains a calmness and composer which belies his age.
Even in his early games after changing role Dier never looked that out of sorts, and managed to keep up with the pace of the game, despite his lack of experience in defensive midfield.
Pochettino has pulled off a tactical masterstroke in naming Dier in midfield, and it appears as if the highly rated defender is going to become an even better midfielder.