Eric Dier has been playing in a defensive midfield role in Tottenham’s behind-closed-doors friendlies and has confirmed that he will continue in this new position in the MLS All-Star game tonight.
— Arizona Hotspur (@ArizonaHotspur) July 28, 2015
The question is whether this is a mere temporary solution or the first glimpse of something more permanent. Ryan Mason is currently injured and with the club having sold Etienne Capoue, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli, the midfield area is lacking numbers.
With that in mind, this could just be a move that sees Dier plugging a gap, while also building his fitness. It’s unlikely that a new midfielder won’t be signed before the season starts, at which point Dier could drop back again.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino is sure to at least be making note of Dier’s performances and whether he has a future in the role. He impressed with his ability on the ball as a right-back last season and produced some fine deliveries from the flanks.
Physically he is built like a tank and would give the midfield some serious muscle. Does he have the legs to play there? Once he gets going Dier is reasonably fast, but he’s never going to be exactly zippy.
Dier’s performance is set to be the most interesting aspect of tonight’s friendly. Do you think he’s suited to the role?