Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has urged Eric Dier to be more effective in set-pieces and score more goals for Spurs in the coming games, writes the TBR.
The Englishman has taken his game to a whole new level under Conte. He has been so good that he’s now in line for an England call-up, with Gareth Southgate reportedly very impressed with his performances since the start of the season (Daily Mail).
Conte faced the media yesterday ahead of Tottenham’s game against Fulham in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Italian was asked about Dier, and he showered praises on the defender. However, he demanded more goals from the Englishman, who is ‘so tall’ and ‘so strong’.
Conte said about Dier, as quoted by Football London: “I think the big improvement about Eric is that now he is a player who in every game is 100% focused. He is a reliable player. He’s providing great continuity in his role. You know, he’s playing every game. I can tell you he’s a really good guy with great will, great desire to work and to improve himself.
“He knows very well he has space for improvement. I see every day in his eyes the desire to become stronger, stronger, stronger. To become a top defender. I see this in his eyes.”
When asked how he can improve, Conte said: “For sure in set-pieces if he scores some goals more, I am more happy.
“I think that maybe a player like him so tall, so strong physically has to be more effective to go on corners and set-pieces to score more goals. I find one more situation for him to try and improve.”