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King for a week - Ledley's case for defence

Posted on 10 October 2015  - 16:30

Part three of our special mini-series sees Ledley King take a look at our defence – and he likes what he sees.

Ledley talks to the players just before kick-off in the huge game at City in May, 2010 - the night we qualified for the Champions LeagueLedley travelled out with the club to Monaco

You’d expect one of our all-time great defenders to keep a close eye on all matters at the back and he believes the settled nature of central defensive pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen has provided the platform for a solid start in the Premier League.

Indeed, after eight games, we’ve conceded just seven goals, joint-best in the league.

“I’ve been really impressed,” said Ledley, who graced the club with 321 appearances over a 13-year career in the first team, most as captain and centre-back.

Below: Hugo Lloris with Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen

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“It’s the first time in a while we have a really seen a settled centre-back pairing, Jan and Toby know each other well and you can see that in their performances.

“The relationship the two centre-halves have makes it easier for them and the rest of the back four. We’ve been settled and we’ve reaped the rewards.

“It’s not just the two centre-halves though, the full-backs have been very impressive and Eric Dier in front as well. I’ve been impressed with the defensive shape of the team. Eric has been outstanding.”

Below: Ledley has been impressed with Eric Dier

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And not forgetting Hugo Lloris, who Ledley admits he would have loved to have played alongside!

“What a great goalkeeper to have there when teams get through the defence,” said Ledley. “He’s one of the best keepers in Europe and I would have loved to have played alongside him myself. It’s a great defensive unit plus Hugo and Eric in front. We’ve started well."