Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King has heaped praise on Eric Dier following his fantastic start to the new season, writes the TBR.
The 28-year-old Englishman, who joined Spurs for just £4 million in 2014 (BBC), has received a ton of criticism over the last few years. However, he has been incredible recently and is now in contention to return to the England squad as well.
King is one of the greatest players to ever play for Tottenham, and he knows a thing or two about being a defender.
The now-41-year-old was a part of Spurs’ coaching staff when Jose Mourinho was at the helm. He worked closely with Dier then, and he’s blown away by how good the Tottenham number 15 has been this term.
King told The Daily Mail: “I told him (Dier) playing in midfield would make him a better defender when he made the move. You see the game a lot easier.
“As someone who played a fair bit in midfield myself, I know that from centre half you are facing the game and you have a lot more time. In terms of him on the ball, his use of the ball, knowing when to push into midfield and what you’re leaving behind when you’re doing that, closing people down, all these little things are things you have to learn.
“That comes with experience, learning all the tricks. But having played in midfield, it gives you a different feeling with players running from midfield.
“I felt the game became a lot easier, and Eric will feel that as well. I am really delighted he’s showing his true form and looking like a real top-class centre-half.”