The Tottenham supervisor says he took one of the vital greatest dangers of his Tottenham tenure two summers in the past when he made up our minds to experiment with the younger defender in a extra ahead place as an alternative of dipping into the switch marketplace following the departures of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue.
He feels that has paid off and Dier is possibly able to pass from being a jack of all trades to grasp of 1.
“For him it is fantastic to have the possibility to play in different positions,” Pochettino mentioned. “If he in time displays he is nice or one of the vital very best within the world in a single place, k that is implausible for him.
“When we signed Toby Alderweireld from Atletico the membership determination used to be to signal any other midfielder or to give the likelihood to Eric to are compatible into that place at the pitch.
“We supplied him with the equipment to take a look at to play there and it is true we discovered some way for him to play with ease at the pitch.
“We took a large chance no longer signing any other midfielder and it used to be implausible – he had an out of this world season. He deserved all of the reward and our determination to be courageous paid off and gave him the likelihood to play in a membership like Tottenham the place you battle for large issues.”
Tottenham seek advice from West Ham day after today, the fixture through which Dier made his debut 3 years in the past, first of all as a centre-again however then switching to proper-again when Kyle Naughton used to be despatched off. He scored a final-minute winner.
“We feel very proud about him,” Pochettino mentioned. “When we signed him greater than 3 years in the past it used to be possibly our first signing when we arrived at Tottenham. We analysed the whole thing, his background, historical past, the whole thing.
“In Portugal he used to be so younger and we watched a large number of video games however at all times taking part in as a centre-again or complete-again, by no means a protecting midfielder. Our thought at all times once we signed him used to be a tender centre-again with attainable to be superb for us and play within the first workforce. He completed many, many extra issues than he anticipated.”
Having first of all led to what Pochettino described as a “polemic” with England for refusing to play at proper-again with the Under-21 aspect below Gareth Southgate, now he has moved onto senior aspect supervisor, the England boss sees Dier as one of the vital few avid gamers within the nation in a position to occupying a defensive midfield function.
Such is the call for for that form of participant that each one summer time he used to be connected with a transfer to Manchester United, despite the fact that Pochettino is adamant it by no means got here to the purpose the place he used to be confronted with a call over whether or not or no longer to let him pass.
“I am a bit away from all that happens,” Pochettino mentioned. “The only thing is the final decision when we sign or sell players – Daniel comes in and says we have that offer or we can do this. Did I have to make such a decision over Eric? No.”