‘Centre back is a position where I see my future’: Eric Dier wants to move into defence Tottenham permanently after making his first start in Jose Mourinho’s backline in Wolves defeat
- Eric Dier made his first start in Jose Mourinho’s backline in the defeat to Wolves
- The 26-year-old believes his future is at centre-back which is his natural position
- The majority of his international appearances have come as a holding midfielder
- He believes he has overcome injuries and ill health to cement a regular place
Eric Dier believes his Tottenham future is at centre-half after Jose Mourinho started him in the position for the first time in his side’s defeat to Wolves on Sunday.
Dier has primarily been used as a holding midfielder by club and country in recent years but insists his best position is in the centre of defence.
The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries and ill health in previous campaigns but believes he is in a position to cement a regular starting place in the Spurs backline.
Dier made his first start in Tottenham’s backline against Wolves since Mourinho took charge
The 26-year-old believes his best position is centre-back and sees his Spurs future in that role
‘This year I’ve been fine, I haven’t really had a problem health-wise, it’s just getting game time really – other than that, from a health point of view, I think I’ve been okay this season,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘That consistency of playing is what everyone wants but it’s up to us as individuals to perform in the right way to deserve it.
‘As I’ve said, centre-back is a position where I see my future, where I think I can be the best I can be, but every opportunity I get to play I’m really happy with and I always try to show my qualities. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t really matter how well you play individually if you’re losing.’
The England player has made most of his international appearances in the centre of midfield
Spurs twice took the lead against Wolves with Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier scoring to make it 2-1 at half-time.
But goals from Raul Jiminez and Diogo Jota added to Matt Doherty’s earlier strike to give Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a crucial victory in the race for the top four.
The result meant Wolves leapfrogged Spurs into sixth and are now only three points behind Chelsea.
ERIC DIER STATS 2019/2020
Dier admitted their opponents had been more intelligent in the right moments.
‘I think we played very well, it was just about those moments where we needed to make challenges at the right times and be a bit more clever,’ he said.
‘As the manager said as well, it’s about being cleverer in those moments – I think Wolves did very well and we should have done better in that respect.’
Mourinho’s side face Norwich City in the fifth round of the FA Cup tomorrow night before travelling to Burnley on Saturday.
Dier has made 22 starts in all competitions but just nine of those have come in the league
Spurs now face a battle to make the top four after the result saw Wolves go above them
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