Jose Mourinho is set to play Eric Dier as a full-time central defender after the Premier League is lifted from suspension, according to Football Insider.
The article states that Dier sees the centre-back role as the one he feels most comfortable with going forward and that he played in central defence in a back-three in Spurs’ two matches against Wolves and Burnley in the Premier League before shutdown.
The 26-year old predominantly played in the defensive-midfield role under Mauricio Pochettino, earning himself 122 appearances in that position. He also played twice in central midfield under the Argentine, according to Transfermarkt. Dier has proved himself to be comfortable in that position given the number of appearances he has made there, and he has also played 12 times in the holding midfield position under Mourinho, showing that he trusts Dier to play there too.
However, he was predominantly used as a central defender for Sporting Lisbon during his time in Portugal, playing in this position in half of his appearances for the senior side, according to Transfermarkt.
In essence, Dier has shown that he is comfortable playing in both positions and has done so under Mourinho. But he has said before that he thinks that he is at his best when he is playing as a central defender and that playing there is where he sees his future, according to an interview published on the club’s website.
And according to the report it seems that the ex-Manchester United manager is now willing to deploy Dier at centre-back going forward, perhaps having grown frustrated with the team’s instability to keep clean sheets – they have just four which is the joint-lowest total in the division (Premier League).
It was reported recently by the Daily Star that contract talks have stalled between the English international and the club because Dier wants assurances that he will be played at centre-back going forward.
Mourinho has trusted Dier to play both positions, but if the Portuguese coach can promise the Englishman more games in the heart of the defence as it is claimed he will do by Football Insider, it might be the key to convincing the 26-year-old to sign a new deal with the north London outfit.
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