Eric Dier Tottenham Hotspur
Eric Dier was on the scoresheet against Stoke at White Hart LaneGetty Images

Eric Dier has set his sights on more goals after bagging the opener for Tottenham Hotspur in the 2-2 draw against Stoke. The versatile defender has found himself in a central midfield role for manager Mauricio Pochettino so far this season, which offers the 21 year old a greater opportunity to get forward and influence the game in attack. His chance comes following the departures of Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue in the transfer window.

After netting Spurs' first goal last season, Dier has repeated the trick this time around, but he says he is eager to build on that rather than finish with another slim return.

"Last season I was disappointed because I scored the two early goals and didn't score again," he told Tottenham's official website.

"I had chances as well. There was one against City at home and I had one cleared off the line in the derby against Arsenal.

"This season, I want to score more goals. I know if I keep playing in midfield and keep doing well I'll hopefully have more chances."

Despite heading home from a corner at White Hart Lane last time out, Dier is aiming to have a greater influence on set piece plays.

With good ability both on the ground and in the air, as well as the added responsibility of his new position, there is every chance that the former Sporting Lisbon starlet can add to his collection.

"I think I can do better from set-pieces and get in better positions," he added.

"Last season I could have scored a few more goals so this season, hopefully I'll get past two!"

Dier's next opportunity will come on 22 August when Spurs make the trip to Leicester, before ending the month with the visit of Everton.