Tottenham have been dealt a “massive blow” by losing Eric Dier to suspension, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 26-year-old’s absence is a hit both on and off the pitch for Jose Mourinho.

Dier has been handed a four-game ban by the FA for entering the crowd and confronting a supporter after the defeat to Norwich City back in March.

Whelan insists that the versatile enforcer will be sorely missed by Spurs in their upcoming games and suggests his absence will be a mental blow for the Lilywhites.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s been integral since Jose Mourinho’s come in and he’s put his faith in this player and rightly so, he’s a fantastic player.

“He’s been converted into a centre-half, he’s got all the attributes to be a very, very good centre-half in the future.

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“It’s a massive blow, it’s not only a blow to lose the player but it hits you hard to know that decision has been made – it’s a decision that angers you inside and can be detrimental to your mind because you’re losing a fantastic teammate and player for the majority of the rest of the season.”  

Dier had been an ever-present for Spurs since the Premier League restart, starting and playing every minute at centre-back prior to his ban.

He was replaced by Jan Vertonghen against Bournemouth on Thursday in what was the first game he will sit out.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has ripped into two senior Spurs stars.

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