Tottenham mainstay Eric Dier is set to revolt against Mauricio Pochettino’s plans to play him in defence as the player sees himself as a midfielder, according to a report.

News website Football.London claim that the 24-year-old, who has made 43 appearances this season, is eyed by the Argentinian manager for a future in the heart of defence, having proven himself as an option behind the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, and has featured there 12 times this season.

However, it is said that the 25-cap England international is to ignore his boss’ plans and will continue to label himself as a central midfielder, having been utilised as a defence minded central figure for 30 games across the current campaign.

Football Insider verdict

If nothing else, this manager versus player debate shows just how impressive a utility man Dier can be for Tottenham. However, he will be wanting to nail down a regular role in one position, rather than being made to switch around by Pochettino depending on who else is available. Still, at just 24-years-old, he has every chance of keeping his place in the centre of the park as his career progresses, and when his legs start to give up, then there is the opportunity for him to drop back into defence. Now he just needs to convince Pochettino that it is best not only for him, but for the club, that he keeps playing in his preferred position.

In other Tottenham news, a star enforcer has been ruled out of the crunch clash v Manchester City.

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