Dominic Ball names three Tottenham players he has learnt from watching, singles out one in particular

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The on-loan Rangers man says he is encouraged by Mauricio Pochettino's policy of wanting young and hungry players.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Dominic Ball, currently on loan at Rangers, has told the Gers website that there are three Spurs players in particular he has learnt from watching this season, and expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of Eric Dier.

Ball has spent the season on loan at Ibrox, where he has linked up with his former Watford academy manager Mark Warburton, and has impressed during the Glasgow side's magnificent campaign.

The 20-year-old has been played across the defence and in defensive midfield at various points during the season, making 30 appearances and winning the Scottish Championship and Petrofac Challenge Cup.

Despite hope from Warburton that he may be able to stay for longer, the hotly-tipped youngster is expected to return to White Hart Lane this summer to challenge to become the next young star to break into the first team under Pochettino.

Ball admitted he has been watching hi parent club a great deal this season and revealed that he has learnt a lot from defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but he singled out Dier, who has played at both centre back and defensive midfield for Spurs, as the man he wants to try to emulate.

The youngster told the Rangers website: "The manager [Pochettino] wants young and hungry players who play at a good intensity, and watching the players there in my position, I have to learn from them, and aim to go back there and try and get a place.

"I watch a lot of football and learn from a lot of players, but certainly [Jan] Vertonghen, [Eric] Dier and [Toby] Alderweireld – they have played so many games and consistently played well.

"If you look at Eric Dier – he would be playing centre-half in a lot of teams, but the manager put him in there to play in a defensive midfield role. I have done similar here at Rangers."

Ball would face a huge amount of competition to break into a first-team spot at White Hart Lane next season, but he will take heart from the superb breakthroughs of stars such as Dier, Dele Alli, and Josh Onomah under Pochettino.

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