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England international and Bayern Munich defender Eric Dier opens up on his 18-month spell at Everton and reveals why he discovered such a “fantastic” club when he arrived on Merseyside.  

The 30-year-old who went on to make his name in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur also talks about how he found the transition to life in England and explains why he opted to return to Sporting CP at the conclusion of his loan deal.

“It was just a loan deal, ultimately,” he explains, “and at the end of it, Everton did want to sign me.

“I spoke to David Moyes a few times near the end and the Club were keen on that, but I felt like the right thing for me to do was to go back to Sporting. 

“Having started there as a youngster, my motivation was always to play for them. They were my club at the time and I had ambitions to play for the first team. 

“Everton put me in a position where I could do that and I am incredibly grateful to them, which is why I am happy to do an interview like this one to talk about them. Everton will always hold a special place in my heart for what they did for me. 

“But at the time, Sporting just felt like the right place for me to be. I left and went back under very amicable circumstances, the manager was great with me through it all.”

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 22/02/2024 at 09:06:44
Really nice to read what Dier has to say about his time at Everton.

I always thought there was some reluctance behind his time playing for us in the Academy teams, and he couldn't leave soon enough but this fine interview for Everton's Matchday Programme puts right a lot of misconceptions about Eric Dier and what was clearly a very special formative period for him as a player.

TL:DR? Well, just read it anyway!

Ajay Gopal
2 Posted 22/02/2024 at 09:19:46
Good read, Michael, thanks for sharing.

We lost 2 central defenders from our academy at around the same time – Eric Dier and Shkodran Mustafi, who went on to have decent careers at Spurs and Arsenal respectively. They were not world beaters, but would have saved us or earned us some useful money if they had signed on for us.

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 22/02/2024 at 09:39:38
What a great read.

We didn't see enough of him. I think one appearance?

He went onto win trophies with Tottenham. In hindsight, I always look back with disappointment that we didn't keep hold of him. Now on loan at Bayern. He's had a good run.

Another one we missed the boat on was Mustafi.

A couple of FA Cup winner medals and a World Cup winners one as part of the Germany squad.

I know it's difficult to read with young players and some just don't settle.

Joe McMahon
4 Posted 22/02/2024 at 10:00:45
An interesting read.

It does make me wonder why some talented players don't get much of a chance but yet Tom Davies was given 6 years. Before the Davies fans have a go, it's not a jibe at Tom himself.

Brendan McLaughlin
5 Posted 22/02/2024 at 10:05:14
Nice article.

Often portrayed by some ToffeeWebbers as one we wrongly opted to let go... seems not to have been the case after all.

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 22/02/2024 at 10:12:36
It will always come down to opinions Joe and always difficult to gauge if a young player will make it.

I know you aren't having a go at Davies. Not your style.

Like many young players at Everton in recent years, he was trying to develop in a volatile club.

Of course he got stick at times as do most players. I will dish it out for individual performances but try to look at the bigger picture.

I just hope we hang onto Branthwaite.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 22/02/2024 at 10:33:14
What really annoyed me about this – which I've tried to repress, but can't – is the utter shite some twat calling himself Callum Davies at the atrocious 'Everton News' clickbait site got out of this piece:

‘It wasn't nice'… England international admits he found his time at Everton very ‘tough'

More proof, if any was needed, that the site has to be run by Kopites. There, that's me fully on board now with this conspiracy theory! Next!!!

Jerome Shields
8 Posted 22/02/2024 at 10:41:08
Everton regularly get genuine praise for the way that they have treated players. Granted some have said they would have liked to have stayed, but circumstances and economics have got in the way

Maybe throughout this whole Commission debacle they could have done better, but they have commended themselves well in the way they have conducted themselves throughout.

Joe McMahon
9 Posted 22/02/2024 at 11:04:00
Danny, unfortunately, as we all know, Jarrad Branthwaite is the family jewels. Literally, to Everton, he's worth his weight in gold.

I so want to be wrong, but we will have to sell.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 22/02/2024 at 11:17:02
Michael, go and take some anxiety pills!! I know what you mean though. I don't go there.

Joe, sadly it won't be the first time.

Alan Ball saying he was shocked. Harry Catterick saying Alan Ball's best days at Everton were done.

For his admirers, the way in which Duncan Ferguson was sold depending on which version is to be believed.

There are probably others.

In other news, I was reading that Kevin Campbell is ill.

Michael Kenrick
11 Posted 22/02/2024 at 13:01:03
I was checking up on Danny's call about Dier making a senior appearance for us. I was pretty sure he didn't, and that was confirmed when I finally got our Profile of him working again.

Where I found the real reason why we had mixed memories of him:

In September 2015, he would attract the ire of Evertonians with a dubious scissors tackle on Tim Cleverley in the Premier League game at White Hart Lane that went unpunished but would put Everton's new signing out of the game for the next 3 months.

Dennis Stevens
12 Posted 22/02/2024 at 13:14:19
I seem to recall him being in a team of youngsters playing against Fulham at Craven Cottage one evening. I think it was some kind of cup match of sorts, but it's all rather hazy now.
Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 22/02/2024 at 21:21:57
I think he came on as a sub Michael. His only senior appearance.
Peter Gorman
14 Posted 23/02/2024 at 11:05:42
A couple of things to point out;

Dier never made a senior appearance for Everton in any shape or form.

We never 'lost' him from the academy as he was never our player to begin with. He was on loan from Sporting in order to aid his development and, clearly, elected to go back to them after his couple of years with us.

Please can we hear no more on the latter, it is one of the weirdest views that persists on TW.

Jeff Armstrong
15 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:57:32
Danny #3,

“Yeah he went on to win trophies at Tottenham.”

Which trophies were they? They haven't won a pot for years and only won the league twice in their entire history.

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