When speculating on how Premier League rivals may attempt to pluck away their biggest talents, pundits and the press often focus on Tottenham’s English contingent, the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane and to a lesser extent Eric Dier and Danny Rose.
Having the best English players in the English top flight always comes with an underlying advantage but Tottenham’s foreign talent is just as impressive, most notably Christian Eriksen who proved to be the difference in attack for Spurs once again as they travelled to Newcastle for Sunday’s 1.30pm kickoff.
The Danish playmaker finished up with the second-most assists of any Premier League player last season and has begun the current campaign in similar form, notching up both set-ups as Tottenham claimed a steady 2-0 over the Magpies, something that was heavily aided by Jonjo Shelvey’s sending off just after half time.
Although there was an element of fortune to the second assist as the ball bumbled through the box and into the path of an onrushing Ben Davies, Eriksen’s pass for the first goal was superb – a ranging ball to Dele Alli, who pealed into the gap between centre-back and full-back to apply a stretched finish from close range.
Those were just two of five created chances the 25-year-old conjured up at St. James’ Park, whilst he also weighed in with the most crosses of any Spurs player, seven, and the most efforts at goal, six – three of which hit the target.
Although Kane and Alli are integral components of Tottenham’s attack, hence the natural interest from top clubs, Eriksen proved once again against Newcastle that he’s just as vital to the Spurs cause. Considering the premium for English players, perhaps rivals should be focusing on how to prise Eriksen from White Hart Lane instead.