‘Quick to say he isn’t playing well’ – Micah Richards hits out at treatment of Spurs star

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Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards has suggested that people are quick to point out when Eric Dier is not playing well but not so ready to hand out praise.

Playing alongside Davinson Sanchez, Dier kept three clean sheets in the opening three games against Manchester City, Wolves and Watford and was nominated for Premier League player of the month.

Dier started the defeat to Crystal Palace but was hauled off due to injury early on and Spurs went on to concede their only three Premier League goals of the season when he was not on the pitch. 

The centre-back also missed the Europa Conference League game against Rennes with that same dead leg and it remains to be seen whether he makes it back in time for the crucial London derby against Chelsea this weekend.

Either way, Richards argued that people should be just as quick to credit Dier as they are to criticise him when he is playing poorly.

Richards said (BBC Radio 5 Live Sport – 13/09/21): “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, it’s not been great.”

The Spurs Web Opinion:

Even though Dier has had an impressive first three games of the season, it can still be argued that he is not good enough for Spurs.

Good periods of play can be overshadowed by a lapse in concentration or a costly mistake. Here’s to hoping he can continue his good form this season.

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