Alan Hutton believes Eric Dier is a “big piece of the puzzle” for Jose Mourinho after the defender signed a new long-term contract at Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs defender admits he has been hugely impressed with the England international since he stepped back from midfield into the heart of the defence.
Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that the 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him tied down in north London until 2024.
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Hutton admits he has been scratching his head over where Dier is best playing but believes he has filled an important void in defence.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He was one of those players where I didn’t quite know where his best position was, I do think, at centre-half watching him, he does need to play alongside someone with a bit of pace.
“From being that type of defensive midfielder moving back, he’s got the stature, the strength, he can pick a pass – he does tick all the boxes and Mourinho really likes him.
“He plays more often than not under Mourinho and he’s tied him down to a long-term deal. I’m sure that’s a big piece of the puzzle of the back four that he’s thinking: ‘Okay, that’s good going forward.'”
Dier has played 29 times for Tottenham this season, although the majority of those appearances have come as a defensive midfielder.
He only established himself as a regular at centre-back in March and started six consecutive Premier League games in defence before he was suspended by the FA.
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