Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier has revealed that he wants to emulate Arsenal legend Tony Adams, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.
Dier joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon last summer as a defender, but the Englishman has been recently deployed in a central midfield role by manager Mauricio Pochettino early in the season.
It seems that Dier’s rather unconventional upbringing of being born in England but growing up in Portugal has helped him play in a more advanced position, however the 21-year-old admitted that he wants to become a great leader like former Arsenal centre-back Tony Adams.
Adams is one of the Gunners’ greatest icons, so Dier’s admiration for the ex-Arsenal man could displease Tottenham supporters given the hatred between both sets of fans.
“Tottenham fans might not be happy with me for this, but I met Tony Adams quite a few times. He came away with us when I played for England when I was younger and it was great to be around him.
“I think it was when I was with the Under-19s. One day in training we were a player short so he trained with us – and it was great.
“It was unbelievable. I don’t know how old he was at the time by his body was past it, yet he managed to cope because he could read the game so well and just talked non-stop.
“I hope leadership is something I grow into more. It is something that comes naturally as you become more cemented in a team. I have only been here a year but hopefully I can become one.”
The Lilywhites managed to grab their first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday after three successive draws, pushing them up to 12th in the table.