Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has been singing the praises of teammate Eric Dier on the club’s official website.
Dier joined Spurs from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014 and has gradually established himself as an important player in the team.
The 21-year-old's versatility to play as a centre-back and a right-back has come in handy for manager Mauricio Pochettino so far this season.
The England Under-21 international has scored two goals and created four chances in 18 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 79% and winning 54% of the duels.
Dier is still not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up week-in week-out, but it seems that he has made a positive impression on Vertonghen.
“Eric is a brilliant defender,” the Belgium international told Tottenham’s official website. “He’s only 20 but he’s been fantastic for us all season, first at right-back and then at centre-back.
“I like to play alongside him, he talks well, defends well and he’s doing great at the moment. He’s a strong guy as well with good feet.”
Dier has played alongside Vertonghen in central defence in six of Tottenham’s last seven Premier League matches.
The youngster seems to have formed a good partnership with the Belgium, although he faces competition from 2014 summer signing Federico Fazio.
There was a time earlier this season when it looked that Pochettino had settled on the centre-back partnership between Vertonghen and Fazio, but Dier’s recent form has given the Argentine something to think over.
However, Vertonghen’s comments that he enjoys playing alongside Dier indicate that there is something special in the on-pitch relationship between the two defenders.
For now, Pochettino needs to persevere with the partnership between Vertonghen and Dier in central defence.
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