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Dier discusses how he coped with reprising right-back role

Posted on 29 August 2016  - 09:35

Eric Dier revealed he only needed a few minutes to get reacquainted with right-back duties against Liverpool on Saturday.

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The defensive midfield lynchpin was required to switch to full-back midway through the first period after Kyle Walker was forced off, reprising a role he last played during the 2014-15 campaign.

By his own admission, the England international needed a little while to get settled down after the sudden change of position but, once up to speed, he was happy with his day’s work and suitably chuffed to have sent in the cross which led to Danny Rose’s equaliser as we came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at White Hart Lane.

Asked if he was tempted to drift inside from the right out of habit during the game, the 22-year-old insisted: “No, I think I’ve played there enough to know more or less what the position needs and I feel like I know the role well enough. Usually after 10 or 15 minutes I feel like I’m adapted to it.

“It’s hard to get forward as much as Walks does but I try my best and I’m just happy that I could help us equalise with the cross.

“It’s been a while since I’ve played there but I’m happy to play wherever the manager wants me to, as I’ve said many times before.”

As alluded to, Eric admitted the physical demands of the right-back position are considerably different to those of his usual holding role but he was quick to point out how the fitness levels of the whole squad enable players to take up alternative jobs on the pitch with relative comfort.

“Physically it’s a bit different but there’s not much you can do – you’ve just got to try to do your best,” he added. “It’s a bit of a change but I hope we’re fit enough to do these things. We have players who can adapt to many different positions and the manager has prepared us for that as well.”