Eric Dier has dismissed previous comparisons with Franz Beckenbauer.
The 23-year-old Tottenham star had been compared to the former Bayern Munich and New York Cosmos defender by one coach throughout his time playing in Portugal for Sporting Lisbon.
Dier’s black boots are one sign that suggests he is a player of the more traditional mould. However, in quotes published by the Mirror, he dismissed comparisons with the German legend:
“I am no Beckenbauer... I don’t think I was even born when he was playing. But I’ve seen the videos."
“I’ve seen videos of him and players like him from the past and he is obviously one that centre backs will look to."
“But I think I can affect a game going forward. Obviously with my defensive attributes that is going to be my strong point, playing in the centre - with black boots!"
He has been somewhat of a utility man for Mauricio Pochettino's side throughout the opening weeks. Despite favouring a role at the centre of the back four, the highly rated youngster has been deployed as a defensive-midfielder on four occasions this term.
Throughout his involvement for the Lilywhites he has completed an impressive 88% of his total attempted passes, while winning 82% of his headed duels and 40% of his tackles.
However, to fully maximise his potential, Dier feels that he must cement a regular first-team role for Spurs, rather than continuing to fulfil a bit-part role in differing positions from one game to the next.
“Also, playing at right back, you attack a lot and are involved a lot in the attacking part of the game so I want to be able to do that,” he continued.
“I don’t want to be seen as a centre back playing out of position. I think I need to improve on that.”