There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!
Full Name: Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier
DoB: January 15th, 1994 (22)
PoB: Cheltenham, England
Nationalities: English, Portuguese
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder (Right/Centre)
Height: 1, 88m
Club: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Club Career Record: 149 Games, 9 Goals, 9 Assists
National Team Record: 8 Caps, 2 Goals
The Grand Stand View
The development of Eric Dier, from relatively promising central defender to elite level defensive midfield general has been built off the back of unrelenting work ethic and a determination to succeed, that has culminated in the player we are seeing. Without discrediting the great management of Mauricio Pochettino, who deserves major credit for the evolution we’ve seen Dier undergo, the player himself is worthy of due praise for how he has handled himself and taken his opportunities with both hands, feet and head.
A tough tackling defender who displays great tenacity in tackles, while having the mobility to get about the pitch nullifying threats, Dier has already shown that he can be relied upon as an able foil for a defensive line. The beauty in his versatility is evident when fullbacks press forward, and instead of bombing on himself like many midfielders today, Dier simply slots in between the centre backs and helps to negate any threats on the transition. We can’t question Dier’s future in the game as a defensive midfielder, due to his ability to defend very well and bring balance to a team; but the lad may see his long-term future at centre-back, and that may create a different dynamic in the years to come.
One of the most commendable facets of Dier’s game is that despite his tough tackling approach, he’s only ever been sent off once in his career; his ability to get about putting in challenges while remaining disciplined is key for a footballer who plays in his position. The technical side of his game is forever improving, Dier is very capable of passing the football about and is not merely a defender playing in midfield; his set-pieces are also known to surprise a few ‘keepers and England will be hoping that Eric can bag even more goals for them with his wonderful right peg at set-plays.