On-loan Rangers midfielder Dominic Ball has told Tottenham Hotspur's official website that Spurs machine Eric Dier is the player he is most similar to.
The 20-year-old has looked excellent since joining the Scottish giants on a season-long loan, helping them to two trophies - including the Scottish Championship title - and promotion back into the top flight following a four-year absence for the club.
At his parent club, Dier is also enjoying a wonderful season as Spurs' anchorman, proving himself a reliable sentry in front of the Lilywhites' back four in what was an initially unfamiliar role, having began his career as a centre-back.
Ball, who has undergone a similar positional change in Glasgow, reckons that Rangers boss Mark Warburton has seen the same qualities in him that Mauricio Pochettino saw in Dier, claiming he shares certain ball-playing qualities with the young England international, who turned 22 in January.
“What Mauricio Pochettino has seen in Eric Dier to put him in there could perhaps be seen as similar to what the gaffer here has done with me,” Ball told Spurs' official site. “It gives you that support at the back and also Eric’s got that ability on the ball to play out, which I think I’ve got as well.
“Generally I’ve found it quite good in that role, I enjoy it and I think I go in there with the sort of mentality that I’m a third defender. That’s why I think the gaffer likes playing me there because I’m quite defensive-minded and against a team like Celtic it gives you more support at the back.
“I go in there like a third centre-half but obviously try to break up the play as well as doing my defensive duties, always looking to get on the ball to try to get us ticking.”
Ball has also helped the Gers reach the Scottish Cup final, though he will personally miss the showpiece at Hampden Park through suspension.
Warburton would love to get him back next season, and with Spurs boasting such a rich vein of midfield quality, Pochettino might well greenlight another move - whether it's permanent or temporary.