Tottenham Hotspur hero Ledley King surprised by Mauricio Pochettino's change to Eric Dier's position

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Eric Dier has been one of Tottenham Hotspur's best players so far this campaign.

Ledley King has told Tottenham Hotspur's official site that he was surprised that Mauricio Pochettino played Eric Dier in defensive midfield during pre-season. 

King, who became a Spurs legend with his performances over a 13 year period in their first-team, says that he hadn't expected Dier to be handed a more advanced role, but he is glad the youngster has been give a chance to show his class going forward this season now. 

“I’ve been really impressed with Eric,” King said. “I first saw him in the midfield role in pre-season, I must admit I was a little surprised to see him there at the time but quickly realised that he can play in there.

“I like him in there and the manager clearly saw him as someone who could play that role and he’s been proved right.

“His performances have been excellent. I do see similar characteristics of myself, he can play, he’s scoring goals - probably more than me already!

“Playing in midfield will improve him as a player if he goes back into defence longer term but at the moment he’s doing such a good job that you’d keep him in there. I’m sure he’s really enjoying it.”

Dier has already played in three separate positions at Spurs, having been deployed at a right-back and a centre-back last term, but it is as a midfield enforcer that he has impressed the most.

The 21-year-old has been played alongside Dele Alli in the heart of the Lilywhites' midfield, and the pair have made an excellent partnership.

The protection they have given their defence has been particularly impressive, but Alli and Dier have also shown their class going forward. 

Their good form has earned them both international recognition, with Alli earning himself two caps for England's senior side.

Dier, himself, has been playing for the England under-21 squad, but his attention will return to club matters quickly, with Spurs facing Liverpool this weekend. 

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