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Eric Dier hails Ledley King influence behind improved defence

As reported by Football.london, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Eric Dier has hailed the impact club legend Ledley King has had on him and his defensive partners leading to improved performances this term.

The former Tottenham Hotspur skipper joined the coaching staff on a full-time basis in August earlier this year and along with Jose Mourinho and Joao Sacramento has helped transform the club’s defence.

Indeed, we boast the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, having managed to secure clean sheets against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Mourinho’s side haven’t let in a goal in the league in over 300 minutes now, since letting in a goal against Brighton & Hove Albion.

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King, who can be seen instructing defenders prior to matches and shouting out directions during the matches, has been a huge presence. And Dier has hailed the influence of the former centre-back. (h/t Football.london)

“I speak to him a lot. Just little conversations every now and then. Before a game, after a game. We just have little conversations on points here and there about the opposition, about different aspects. all the time. We have a constantly open dialogue where we can talk about things.”

“There are times where he says things to the team in certain moments which have been really good – before certain games, in certain moments, talking about his experiences as a Spurs player in the past and what has happened in those games. For him to be able to pass on that knowledge to us has been really important.”

Ledley King joined the coaching staff earlier this year

Ledley King joined the coaching staff earlier this year

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King’s career may have been blighted by injuries, but there’s no denying the fact that he was one of the best centre-backs in England during his peak. And, having a presence like him was certain to rub off on the players and we are seeing the results of it on the field now.

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