According to reports from ESPN, club legend Ledley King has tipped promising Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier to become a ‘world class’ centre-back if he’s moved into the heart of defence.
The 22-year-old is famed for his versatility, having featured as a full-back, a centre-back and a midfielder at former club Sporting Lisbon, but has found great success as Spurs’ resident holding midfielder this season.
He’s started all but one of Tottenham’s 31 Premier League fixtures this term and is becoming an increasingly important figure in Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of Euro 2016, bagging the winning strike in England’s 3-2 win over Germany last month whilst providing much-needed protection in front of a shaky defence.
But White Hart Lane icon Ledley King, who was deemed one of the greatest Premier League centre-backs of his generation whilst making 321 appearances for the north London club, believes Dier’s future lies at the heart of defence – and that moving him there could see the four-cap international reach the realms of world class.
As quoted by ESPN, King said; “I don’t want to be disrespectful but I still think he’ll be a centre-back and that’s nothing to do with his performances in midfield, because he can clearly play there. If he was to move back to centre-back, he would be even better there, especially given his experience in midfield.”
“You play in midfield as a centre-half and find time on the ball in an area that’s congested. When you get to the back, it’s easier. You have time on the ball and you’re more comfortable. You see the game a lot more clearly. The game comes to you.
“That’s something he can do, it’ll help him. I feel he can be a world-class centre-back after having this experience in midfield. But it’s up to him. I always knew I wanted to be a centre-half.
“You have to know in your own head where you want to play and then you have to earn the opportunity, and then you have to show you can take your level higher in your favourite position.”