Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier's response when asked whether fear of suspension is affecting his performances

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Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier is one booking away from a suspension.

Eric Dier has told the Hampstead and Highgate Newspaper that Mauricio Pochettino has not asked him to change his all-action style, despite the fact that if he picks up another booking he will receive a ban.

Dier is on nine yellow cards for the season, meaning that if he picks up one more booking he will receive a two game suspension.

The 22-year-old was uncharacteristically withdrawn in Tottenham’s game against Liverpool last weekend, failing to make a tackle throughout the whole of the match.

However, Dier insists that being close to suspension is not playing on his mind, and he intends to continue to play with the same whole-hearted approach.

“I knew I was on nine yellow cards but the manager hasn’t spoken to me and I haven’t really thought about it to be honest,” Dier said.

“The next game is the most important one to me and I’m sure the manager thinks the same way. It hasn’t really crossed my mind. Once you get out there it’s a bit hard to be thinking about things like that.”

If Dier makes it through one more game without picking up a booking he will be able to play without fear of suspension again.

Tottenham’s next match comes against Manchester United, and it will be important that Dier does not adapt his style in such a crucial fixture.

The England international has become a major asset for Spurs, and he has provided great protection for his side’s defence this term.

If Tottenham can win against Manchester United, they could reduce the gap on Leicester City to four points, if Claudio Ranieri’s men lose to Sunderland.

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