We’ve seen Younes Kaboul flounder under the responsibility of being given the captain’s armband and we’ve witnessed Federico Fazio come and go – sometimes in the same game – but could the right side of central defence have a more permanent look about it from this point onwards?
Eric Dier’s display against Sunderland at the weekend has been described in areas of the press as ‘commanding’ and naturally the 21 year old drew praise from his manager.
“I am very happy with Eric, and with his performance. I think he can play like a centre-back and like a full-back,” said Mauricio Pochettino.
“It was a very difficult game. To play against two strikers like Fletcher and Defoe, and then Connor Wickham, was a real challenge and his performance was very good.”
With Kyle Walker back in the side, Dier’s trips to right back will be limited but as potential cover in that position, his value to the club is obviously greater. But central defence is his preferred slot and after rumours suggesting he would be loaned out this month, is the England Under 21 international set for a run as first choice alongside Jan Vertonghen?