The continued rise of Christian Eriksen:
“it’s almost unimaginable to think of Mauricio Pochettino’s blossoming Spurs side without the Danish magician at the heart of it.”
The 30th August 2013 was the day in which Andre Villas Boas’ summer spending spree came to an end, following the pending big money departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. On that day a young Danish attacking midfielder by the name of Christian Erisken signed personal terms with Spurs at Hotspur way. A success story in between a whole host of other marquee signings who could never quite adapt to life at Spurs, Christian Eriksen was and has been a remarkable exception. The young Dane who was being sought after by a host of top European clubs during his emergence at Dutch Eredivsie club Ajax, had been signed to AVB’s post Bale side as an exciting young buy. It was after all for today’s meagre transfer fee of just £11 million pounds. Fast forward four and a bit years later and it’s almost unimaginable to think of Mauricio Pochettino’s blossoming Spurs side without the Danish magician at the heart of it. The Denmark international now 25, netted his 45th goal in Spurs colours at the weekend, when he scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Wembley. Ask any Spurs fan what Eriksen’s greatest quality is and they won’t say goals, they’ll highlight his unique ability to create. The young Dane from the town of Middelfart in central Denmark, has developed into one of the most visionary players in the current game, and also one of the most underrated.
The attacking midfielder joined Spurs as a player of immense potential, he went on to show that in his first two and a half seasons at the lilywhites. However, in the last year Eriksen has gone from being a very good player into becoming a world class one. Arguably our most prized asset the attacking gem more often than not runs games on his own, with his ridiculously high work rate, remarkable vision and supreme footballing brain. Erisken’s stats over the last year read that of one of the finest playmakers in the world. Capped just the 73 times for his country, Eriksen has grown immensely as a player under the tutelage of Pochettino. Awarded Spurs’ player of the season last term for his influence on our title challenging side, his footballing education at Ajax plain to see throughout the campaign. There have been times in big games in previous seasons where I felt that Eriksen faded away a bit from the heat of the action, that is no longer the case, he has shown remarkable consistency and strength and has risen to the occasion when called upon. Since joining Spurs the 25 year old has accumulated a total of 46 assists for the lilywhites (that’s not including domestic cup competitions) add the 45 goals to that and it highlights just how profound an impact he has had in a relatively short space of time.
The former Ajax man is the ultimate Pochettino player if ever there was one, he presses non stops, covers more ground than any of his team mates, links up well with the team and most importantly of all provides the on the field brains behind our attacking quality. Four years of Christian Erisken at Spurs has shown us that we have yet another world class player amongst a team of stars, but it gets better, he hasn’t even reached his peak yet. With the ability to grow even more as a footballer. The master creator is as essential to this current team as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and the man himself Mauricio Pochettino, long may this brilliant player continue to flourish in lilywhite.