Most people who have watched Spurs this season would say that Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier have become vital members of the team and a set of statistics show just how much of an influence they’ve had

Dier’s move into midfield and the signing of centre-back Alderweireld have been the major changes in Mauricio Pochettino’s defensive system this season. It’s resulted in a huge difference in Tottenham’s defensive performance.

These stats compare the Spurs defence at this stage of last season and that of this campaign. As you’ll see, there’s a huge change in the amount of goals conceded – almost halved – while the number of on target shots have reduced dramatically.

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Dier’s presence at the base of the midfield has helped to protect the back four, which has finally found its successor to Ledley King in the shape of Aderweireld.

They say that the best teams are built upon a solid defence and in just his second season in charge of the club, Mauricio Pochettino has resolved an issue that has dogged the side for decades.

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