This week we take a trip North to Everton via Sporting Lisbon to take a look at the Toffee’s teen sensation Eric Dier. The Cheltenham born defender who has been raised in Portugal has returned to our shores on loan to gain experience in a more competitive environment.
He has already been named in an England Under 17 squad to take part in an International tournament in the Algarve.
The youngster has made impressive inroads already in the Sporting set up which has nurtured the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo in the past. He has already played for the clubs Under 19’s side which is second only to their first team as there are no reserve sides in Portugal.
Dier has even captained his own age group for a number of seasons as his talent and language have blossomed. How much David Moyes will use Dier is really dependant on how much he impresses in first team training with the Toffee’s.
Name: Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier
Born: 15th January 1994, Cheltenham, England
Height: 1.87m (6 ft 2 in)
Previous Clubs: Sporting Lisbon (parent club)
Goals Scored: 0
National: England under 17
Goals Scored: 0
Current Ability: 2/5
Potential Ability: 5/5
How the youngster has remained off the England international radar so far is testament to how well Sporting have kept quiet about him. Luckily for England he has always spurned the Portuguese FA’s advances. He definitely has all the necessary ingredients to make an excellent living from the game. The fact Sporting have tied him down to a long term contract to fend off the envious eyes of the Premiership says it all. Hopefully if reports are correct England may have a real Gem we knew next to nothing about.
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