There is often a perception that Christian Eriksen protrudes style over substance. But the Danish international has been the difference for Tottenham on many occasions this season, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have looked to chase down Chelsea in the Premier League title race.
Last night’s 3-1 win over Swansea City was one such occasion. The Lilywhites had to battle back in the last five minutes, netting three times from the 88th onwards, after conceding an early goal at the Liberty Stadium. Once again, however, Eriksen was pivotal in getting his side over the line.
The playmaking midfielder netted the third to round off Spurs’ late goal rush but it was his all-round attacking performance that deserved the most praise. He finished the match with 108 touches, five shots, six crosses and three created chances to his name – the most of any player for either side – whilst his passing return of 83 was only bettered by team-mate Mousa Dembele.
Eriksen is often questioned for his consistency and often overlooked in favour of midfield accomplice Dele Alli. But the former Ajax star is really coming into his own at the age of 25 and has been as important as any Spurs attacker in the side’s title push this season.