Dele Alli has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official site that Eric Dier has made his transition at White Hart Lane a lot easier.
Dier has been handed a role in defensive midfield for Spurs this season, and his disciplined performances have allowed Alli to thrive.
The 19-year-old has been given freedom to roam by Mauricio Pochettino, and Alli says that he feels confident knowing that Dier is covering for him.
"He’s a great player and as an attacking player, he’s made it easier for me,” Alli said. “I give him a lot of credit for the way I’ve been playing. We always have a lot of banter about it but as an attacking player it gives you so much confidence going forward when you have that security behind you.”
Dier and Alli have actually partnered each other in Tottenham’s midfield for part of the season, but the former Milton Keynes Dons man has been given a more advanced role in recent weeks.
Alli has played in the trio of players Tottenham deploy behind the striker of late, and his form only seems to have got better.
The England international has netted four goals in his last 11 matches for club and country and he is already playing a vital role for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Alli’s form has been a major reason behind Tottenham’s impressive start to the season, which has seen them climb into fourth place in the Premier League table.
Alli has penned a new contract which will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021 today.