Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier: Everton spell good for me

Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier doesn't regret his loan at Everton last season. Dier had six months at Goodison Park.

Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier doesn't regret his loan at Everton last season.

Dier had six months at Goodison Park.

"I had become a bit spoiled or complacent at Sporting and I needed a kick up the backside, which is what Everton gave me. It was quite tough going to an unfamiliar place where I didn't know anyone at first," Dier told the Daily Mail.

"Coaches like Alan Stubbs were quite hard on me but that helped a lot. It was the best thing that could have happened. It really hardened me up physically and mentally. The football was much faster, physical and more direct than here."

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