Jermaine Jenas ripped into Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen for his performance against Olympiacos on Wednesday night.
Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw away to the Greek club in the Champions League group stages.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side race into a two-goal lead inside the opening half an hour, as Harry Kane started the scoring with a clinical penalty.
Brazilian Lucas Moura then added a second with his effort outside the box and the North London club looked on course for maximum points in their opening European game.
But an eye-catching Olympiacos drew level before half-time through Daniel Podence, before Mathieu Valbuena added an equaliser from the penalty spot early in the second-half.
Ex-Spurs midfielder Jenas was critical of playmaker Eriksen for his display and believe he really struggled.
“He’s unrecognisable tonight. He’s had a couple of moments where the manager has had a look and you can tell he’s thinking we need to get him off here,” Jenas said on televised channel BT Sport 2 (7:10pm, 18 September).
“You have bad games as players, he has had many great games for Tottenham over the years but he’s sticking out like a sore thumb with how bad he is playing tonight.
“He’s getting the simple things wrong and that’s the worrying thing. He just looks shattered.”
Eriksen offered very little in the final third for Spurs and it’s a surprise that he lasted the full 90 minutes.
The attacking midfielder couldn’t find his passing radar on the night and he gave the ball away on several occasions, which included losing possession on the edge of his own box.
He’s not enjoyed the best of starts to the new campaign, with just one goal and zero assists in his opening five games across all competitions.
Eriksen has shown in the past what a key player he can be in Pochettino’s team, but he needs to rapidly rediscover form if he wants to stay in the XI moving forward.