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'We're far from just 11 players' - Eric

Posted on 1 January 2016  - 14:15

Eric Dier wants to start 2016 as 2015 ended – in winning fashion.

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The versatile star has featured in all but one of our Premier League games in 2015-16 to date, only missing out on the goalless draw with Liverpool in October due to suspension.

Eagerly anticipating the second half of our campaign, which begins at Everton on Sunday, the 21-year-old says continued hard graft and endeavour will be crucial if we’re to extend our current run of wins into 2016.

“I think it’s been a very positive first half of the season but we know there’s still a long way to go and there are lots of things that we can still improve on so we just have to keep working hard,” said Eric, who helped us close out 2015 with successive victories over Southampton, Norwich City and Watford.

“We’ve got three wins in a row now so it would be nice to keep that run going, but we know it’s going to be tough at Goodison Park. Everton have got a lot of good players but we don’t worry too much about them – we’re more focused on ourselves.

“The Premier League is extremely difficult but every game we go into we look to win so we’re going to go there on Sunday, try to get another three points and continue the way we’ve been going.”

At the mid-way point of the campaign, Eric is one of six players to have started at least 18 of our 19 top flight matches so far. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and right-back Kyle Walker have only missed one game each along with Eric, while the centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been ever-present, as has striker Harry Kane.

Dele Alli and Erik Lamela have featured 17 times when taking substitute appearances into account and while Eric believes that consistency has been a factor in our run of impressive results, he insists the whole squad has a part to play over the course of the season.

“I think it helps that there’s a consistency in the team but at the same time there are a lot of good players who can come in and play at the same level,” he added. “We have a very strong squad and we’re not just 11 players - far from it.

“There has been a nice level of consistency but we’re a very good squad and we all have to keep working hard if we’re going to keep winning games.”