A recent article published by Football.London reported Eric Dier’s insight into the impact Ledley King has had on the Tottenham Hotspur defence.
So far this season, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side have highly impressed, winning seven, drawing three and losing just one of their 11 Premier League matches, results which have left the north London side sitting pretty at the summit of the league table.
Not only is their standing in the league table impressive, so too are the results they have picked up against their fellow so-called big six sides, sweeping aside Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford, beating Manchester City 2-0, drawing with Chelsea 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and most recently defeating arch-rivals Arsenal 2-0.
Furthermore, Spurs boast the best defensive record in the league having conceded just nine goals so far this term, something which Eric Dier attributed to the influence of former Spurs centre-back, Ledley King, who was appointed as a first-team coach back in August.
Speaking to the Tottenham Hotspur matchday programme ahead of the Arsenal fixture, as reported by Football.London, Dier said: “I think it’s been fantastic to have him around the team.”
He continued: “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.”
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Considering the fact that Tottenham conceded 47 goals over their 38 Premier League games last term, a record which was bettered by clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Sheffield United, it would indeed seem as if something has changed at the club which has seen an upturn in their defensive capabilities since last season.
As much as Mourinho is hailed for the solidity of his teams, this could well be down to King as well, as the former fan favourite appears to be passing down the experience of his 318 appearances for the club to this current crop of Tottenham Hotspur defenders, with seemingly great effect.
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