BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas says Dier, Alderweireld and Vertonghen have completely transformed Tottenham

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Jermaine Jenas has been immensely impressed with Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive structure.

Former Tottenham Hotspur player Jermaine Jenas has highlighted the triangle of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier as a key factor in the team’s progress this season, the BBC reports.

Following their latest victory over West Ham United, Spurs are now just two points shy of the top four and currently boast the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League, standing at 12 games.

As an attacking force, Spurs have been dynamic as they press high up the pitch and score a range of different goals through the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

However, arguably their most notable improvements this season has been their defensive stability, with Jenas singling out three players on BBC Five Live as helping change their fortunes.

“This year, Eric Dier has been an integral part of this solid Spurs team. That triangle of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen in defence and Dier has made Spurs look completely different,” Jenas explained.

"Because Dier has the experience of playing at centre-back himself, he knows exactly what those two want from a midfielder. And I wouldn't be surprised if he makes that position his own for England, too."

The signing of Vertonghen’s Belgian international teammate Alderweireld was an astute decision from Pochettino but the biggest call of the season has been the adaptation of Dier.

The former Sporting Lisbon ace joined the club as a defender, featuring both in the middle and as a covering right-back as his versatility came to good use last season.

However, Pochettino has moved him further forward and he now acts as a holding midfielder, shielding his back four and providing an outlet when the defence are in possession.

It has been a masterstroke of a decision thus far, with just 11 goals conceded in 13 games and four clean sheets to boot following their latest 4-1 win over rivals West Ham United.

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