The England international has been in and out of this side this season but insists that he is injury-free.

Eric Dier is expecting to reap the benefits of moving to a central defensive role in Tottenham, a position he claims is his most powerful.

Dier made his first Premier League beginning at centre-half under Jose Mourinho in the 3-2 defeat by Wolves on Sunday and impressed his manager.

Although the British worldwide has gained fame for his exploits in a defensive midfield role for both club and country, Dier believes his best performances come when he’s in the backline.

“As I have mentioned, centre-back is a position where I see my future, where I believe I could be the best I could be, but every chance I get to play I am really satisfied with and I try to show my qualities,” Dier told the club’s official site.

“Ultimately, however, it does not really matter how well you perform individually if you are losing.”

Dier has fought for regular playing time this year, starting only nine games in the league and featuring 22 occasions in all competitions in total.

He added:”This year I have been fine, I have not actually had a problem health-wise, it is just getting game time — other than that, from a health viewpoint, I believe I have been okay this year.

“That consistency of playing is what everybody wants but it is up to us as people to do in the ideal way to deserve it.”

Mourinho opted for Dier over Toby Alderweireld in their 3-2 loss to Wolves, a decision that the boss was happy with following the defeat.

“Eric played very well,” said Mourinho. “The thinking was Davinson [Sanchez] and [Japhet] Tanganga are the two fastest central defenders that we have. Eric is the one who by nature is a midfield player so playing in the middle between those middle backs is the person who’s normally more comfortable to step up, he is more comfortable with reading the game and passing.

“They played well, particularly Eric was very, very good and occasionally you concede goals and you blame goalkeepers and defenders. Other times you concede goals and it’s a worldwide situation and I think it was as it comes from a transition. Sometimes in regards from behind midfield, I think that it’s not about them.”