This won’t take long. I’m talking about Eric Dier’s performances this season and where he *should* play.
At his best: majestically ruthless in the tackle, simple distribution, solid in the air, the rock on which the side is built.
At his worst: prone to looking leggy, dodgy/sloppy mid- to long-range distribution, poor defensive positioning and the ability to switch off and allow runners to breeze past him into goal-scoring positions.
What’s his best position? I honestly don’t think it’s as a CDM or a RCB. He thinks he’s a central midfielder, and wants to be played there exclusively, which is a concern….because a fully-fit Wanyama is a better CDM in my opinion.
For me, he was at his best on the right of a Back 3 with Walker providing cover at pace. My belief is that Poch pushed him back to CDM this season out of necessity: Vic was injured and the loss of Walker and Rose forced a change to a Back 4…and, as I’ve said, Eric ain’t no RCB.
But enough about what I think. What do you think about what I think?