Eric Dier has been one of the surprise packages of the season at Tottenham Hotspur.
Not only has he been playing out of position (and strongly so), but the defensive midfielder has continued to score goals for his club, as well as playing with passion every time he steps on the pitch.
Dier, who signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, instantly endeared himself to Spurs fans with his debut winning goal against West Ham United last season.
Mauricio Pochettino made the decision to move the England Under-21 defender into midfield at the beginning of the summer, as financial constraints (and missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin), forced him to opt for someone already in his squad.
Dier has shown already in this campaign that he has the capabilities to thrive in the hold for Spurs, with the possibility of leading this young side in the future. The young star has showcased his exceptional work rate this term, covering 77.65km, the eighth most of any Englishman in the league.
A centre-half by trade, Dier has demonstrated his defensive astuteness so far this campaign. In addition to making a total of eight blocks, which is the tenth most of any Englishman in the league, he has won 26 tackles (the second most of any Englishman).
Dier has also shown his ability to retain possession. He’s completed a total of 296 passes – which is the tenth most of any English player operating in the league.
It is clear that Dier has the qualities to be a star not only for Spurs, but for England aswell. With Roy Hodgson announcing his squad for upcoming internationals tomorrow, many have suggested the Tottenham youngster could be a surprise inclsuion.
Dier and Tottenham travel to face AS Monaco in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Official Player Ranking Index of the Premier League.