Christian Eriksen proved to be vital to Spurs during the 2013 season as the young Danish midfielder announced himself into the Premier League with some style. Winning their player of the season award.
He adapted to the Premier League well and scored 7 goals and assisted 9. Eriksen was directly involved in 23 goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur last season. Under Tim Sherwood he was utilized as a left midfielder, but was at his most dangerous playing behind the striker. When he burst onto the scene with Ajax at the age of 18 the signs that he would be a great player were already there to see. At the age of 22 he possesses incredible vision and his distribution is second to none. His ability to weight a pass perfectly make him a threat from anywhere on the field.
His technique also make him a deadly striker of the ball, able to finish from a range of distances and angles. Eriksen is also a deadball specialist, floating in perfect corners and free-kicks which resulted in him setting up a total of 13 goals last season. Immense ball control combined with great dribbling skills allow Eriksen to beat defenders with ease, which is why Tim Sherwood utilised him on the left as he could easily beat his man and float crosses in for the strikers to attack. Eriksens only real weakness is that he doesnt contribute much defensively and can leave his side exposed when hes played out of position on the wings. He is a playmaker, which is why he isn’t strong in the air either, but leave that up to the strikers to deal with aerial duels.
There’s no doubt he possesses the talent and ability to play at the top level of World Football, but if Spurs are to finish in the top 4 this season Christian Eriksen will be crucial for it to be achieved. However, the likes of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado will have to step up this season and keep the great morale that seems to exist in this years Tottenham squad.
Do you think that Christian Eriksen possesses all the natural attributes needed to launch a sustained Top Four challenge for Tottenham Hotspur, or does Mauricio Pochettino need to delve into the transfer market for a couple more recruits? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @TBRFootball .