By Alex Stevens
Ledley King has nominated Tottenham’s two star players this season – and has overlooked Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
The Spurs legend believes Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier have been the team’s “standout” players in their title-challenging season.
King gave his views on talkSPORT as he assessed Tottenham’s season and predicted how the team can develop in the future.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been second in the table since the start of February but slipped seven points behind leaders Leicester after drawing 1-1 at Liverpool last Saturday.
“It’s been such a team effort,” King told the Colin Murray Show on talkSPORT. “In seasons past we’ve always had these individual stars, but the team as a whole has been the big factor this season.
“Obviously Dele [Alli] has been great and Harry has again scored over 20 goals, but for me Toby Alderweireld, in his first season at the club, and Eric Dier, in his first season as a midfielder, have been the stand-out players for this season.”
Leicester are strong favourites to lift the title and, even though King is not optimistic of his former club overturning the seven-point deficit with just six matches of the campaign remaining, he believes the huge strides made this season augur well for the future.
Club legend King said: “It doesn’t look like Leicester are going to slip up, they seem to be handling the pressure very well and credit to them.
“But I’m really pleased with the Tottenham team at the moment, I’m really pleased with what they’re doing and how the future’s looking.
“What’s impressed me most is that at no stage of the season has the team lost back-to-back games, even with the pressure on them. They’ve shown great mental strength.
“I’m seeing all the right signs that this is a team, not just for this season but for the future, that has the right mentality and can hopefully win the Premier League for the next few years to come.”
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