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Eric in focus

Posted on 8 May 2015  - 03:00

Eric Dier admits he’s happy being someone who plays the game away from the spotlight, but his recent performances in the Premier League have certainly caught the eye.

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The versatile young defender has been in fine form in recent weeks after returning to a right-back role following injury to Kyle Walker.

Eric created both goals in the 2-2 draw at Southampton and might have scored twice in the first half against City on Sunday - heading wide from Erik Lamela's corner early on before seeing a goal-bound volley blocked.

The England Under-21 international has racked up 33 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Spurs, including 25 in the Premier League. Indeed, he's started our last 12 in the league, partnering Jan Vertonghen centrally in eight.

His composed and mature performances in the heart of our defence have belied his age and have certainly alerted supporters and pundits alike, Eric’s name featuring alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Danny Rose as young English players breaking through at the Lane this season.

And Eric knows that playing in the Premier League with its worldwide audience doesn’t make it the easiest place to keep out of the limelight!

“When I first arrived in England I wasn’t too bothered about being a bit of an unknown player, if anything I think it worked in my favour as it meant I could get my head down and work on my game without being in the spotlight,” he explained.

“If people talked about me then great but if they didn’t I wasn’t too fussed! Obviously though when you play in the Premier League you are naturally thrust into the public eye, but I can’t let that worry me.

“I’m aware that some pundits have mentioned me recently, but all I want to do is focus on my own performances, keep working hard in training and look to keep improving as a player.

"I feel I’ve got a lot more improvement to make before I reach my full potential, but playing here should certainly help me achieve that.”