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26th Apr, 2017 | 10:50am

Sky Sports pundit states whether Tottenham player will follow in Carrick's footsteps

By Amir Mir

Tony Gale believes Tottenham ace Eric Dier and Manchester United midfielder Micheal Carrick are “similar players”.

The Sky Sports pundit was responding to a question, where he was asked whether he could see Dier following in the footsteps of Carrick and moving to United.

England international Carrick made a big-money switch from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford in 2006 where he has since gone on to lift five Premier League trophies.

Both Carrick and Dier can play the holding role in the middle of the park, with the latter also capable of dropping into a back four or three.

West Ham favourite Gale issued this response when asked whether he thinks Dier could move to United and do what Carrick did 11 years ago.

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“Similar players in that they both played a holding role in midfield and that Micheal played a little bit at the back for West Ham as well,” Gale told the Premier League Daily Show, which aired on Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday morning.

“He [Dier] is starting to look forward. Everything was sideways, backwards, safety first, but that’s only a youngster maturing.

“He’s a good player, he can play in a centre-back three, back four and the holding role in midfield. A very valuable player.”

Carrick is a product of the West Ham academy where he made 138 appearances for the club during his younger days.

He went on to play for Spurs on 72 occasions before moving to United where he has won numerous major trophies, including the European Cup.

By contrast, Dier, who is 23-year-old, is just beginning his career compared to Carrick, who will turn 36 in the summer.

Over the course of the season, the versatile Dier has played 42 games in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying the same number of assists.

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