Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier has admitted, in a question and answer session on the club's official Twitter account, that even he has been surprised by his form this season.
Dier has earned international recognition for his consistent excellence this term, and was handed his first start for the senior England side in their 2-0 win over France on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation for Spurs since moving into a defensive midfield role, and he admits he could not have predicted his rapid rise to prominence.
Dier showed signs of encouragement last season while playing in Tottenham’s back-four, but he has really made the defensive midfield role his own.
The former Sporting Lisbon man has excelled alongside Dele Alli, and he has formed an effective shield for Spurs’ defence.
Dier’s discipline and tackling ability has been impressed many observers, while his passing has also set the tone for the Lilywhites’ performances.
Dier’s run of form has helped Tottenham to go unbeaten through their last 11 Premier League matches, and it has launched them into Champions League qualification contention.