Hoddle claims Spurs defender “looks like a different player” in Conte’s system – Spurs Web
Glenn Hoddle praised Antonio Conte for listening to Eric Dier, admitting the center-back looks like a transformed player under the Italian.
Dier has divided the opinions of Spurs fans for years, with the center-back drawing widespread criticism for some of his unforced errors in the second half of last season.
However, the 27-year-old has been a staple of Tottenham’s backline this season, both under Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte.
In fact, the England international was one of the few players on the squad to have produced consistent performances under Nuno despite the squad’s defensive struggles.
However, since Conte’s arrival, the former Sporting Lisbon player has hardly gone wrong as a central sweeper of a three-back.
The former Inter Milan boss has even said that the Tottenham star has the ability to become one of the best central defenders in world football.
Hoddle has now admitted that Dier looks like a completely different player compared to the past two seasons.
The legendary Spurs midfielder told Premierleague.com: âLosing a few games (against Covid) allowed him, I hear, to get the fitness he wanted in them.
âHe couldn’t with all the devices. They look more solid.
âHe gets a melody from Dier. Dying in a three-way back looks like a different player than he has been in the past few seasons.
Spurs web opinion
Dier has always had all the attributes necessary to become the best center-back. The only area of ââhis game that has improved this season is his level of focus, which is only natural considering the center-back has readjusted to play in central defense over the past 18 months or so.
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