Keown says these two Tottenham players have been important in Dier’s quick transition

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Martin Keown speaks highly of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier.

Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has written in The Daily Mail that Dele Alli and Harry Kane have helped Eric Dier in adapting to his midfield role for Tottenham Hotspur.

Dier arrived at Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014 as a defender, but he has been used predominately as a defensive midfielder this season.

The 22-year-old has done well for Spurs so far this campaign and has established himself as a key player in midfield for the North London outfit.

Former Arsenal star Keown has been impressed with the performances of the England international, and has highlighted the important of midfielder Alli and striker Kane in Dier’s development in the role.

“He’s made a quick transition from defence to midfield - particularly when you consider how comfortable he looks in the role at international level,” Keown wrote about Dier in The Daily Mail.

“Having Dele Alli alongside him - as well as Harry Kane in front of him - was important in helping simulate his Tottenham role and settle on the big stage.”

The midfield partnership between Alli and Dier has been superb, and striker Kane has dropped in from time to time to help them out.

It has been an all-round team effort from Tottenham so far this season, and under head coach Mauricio Pochettino, the young players are all flourishing.

In 30 Premier League appearances for Spurs so far this campaign, Dier has scored three goals, created 15 chances, has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won 69 headers, five dribbles and 47 tackles.

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