Having arrived from almost completely out of the blue last season, Eric Dier has transformed himself in 2015/16 and cemented his position in a title-chasing Spurs side, with the versatile player’s destructive capabilities making him a vital cog in Mauricio Pochettino’s machine. Although he has been able to operate effectively at both right-back and centre-half since arriving on these shores, it is his influence at the base of Tottenham’s midfield which has attracted the attention of most admirers, even earning him a seemingly regular slot in the England squad that may translate to a starting role at Euro 2016. Being held in high regard by The Three Lions’ hierarchy will almost undoubtedly last for a long time following his match-winning header away to Germany in last month’s international friendly.
Being a defender at heart, Eric Dier is naturally more influential at breaking up play than he is at setting up attacks, but this does not mean that his limitations make him any less effective as a midfield force. The English international is very tactically aware and gives an additional stability to the North London outfit that they have tended to sorely miss on the rare occasions when he is not available for selection. Dier’s surrounding midfielders; frequently Moussa Dembélé, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, have a greater license to express themselves and attack the opposition’s box. He keeps things simple in possession, but does have a slight problem with accumulating bookings, having picked up nine at the time of writing, only one away from an enforced two-match suspension.
Eric Dier has handed Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs added flexibility in terms of their formation and tactics, with his presence in the side allowing the team to effectively play with a back three when in possession. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose can push on, safe in the knowledge that Dier is there to sweep up behind them should the attack break down.