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Micah Richards has suggested that people are ‘quick to say’ when Eric Dier isn’t playing well for Tottenham, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

The TV and Radio pundit suggested that the Tottenham 27-year-old is treated differently, as he praised the club’s start to the new campaign.

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Dier has started four games for Spurs this season, helping them secure three clean sheets and win nine points.

However, prior to Spurs’ collapse against Palace over the weekend, the Englishman hobbled off in the first half with an injury.

On their results being far better than their performances suggest: “No, I disagree with that,” said Richards.

“Against Man City, they were magnificent – We can look at stats all you want. At the end of the season, we are going to say Spurs had three clean sheets at the start of the season.

“When Dier isn’t playing well, we are quick to say he isn’t playing well. Dier and Sanchez, if you concede 17 shots and you keep a clean sheet in three games. You have to give your defenders some credit.

“Whether we like the stats or not. At the end of it, in them three games, there were still three clean sheets. They still won. I agree with you, the other two games (Watford and Palace), it’s not been great.”

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Like many of the Spurs players, this is a big season for them because another poor campaign, from an individual standpoint, then they are probably being sold.

Dier, who has gone from being a number six to a centre-back, and back and forth, probably produced his worst season in Spurs colours last time out.

That resulted in him losing his England place and a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s Euros.

There’s no doubt that would have hurt the former Sporting Lisbon player, but the key thing here is that he has started off the new campaign in a strong fashion and now he needs to continue that.

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