Christian Eriksen finally stepped up at Tottenham Hotspur on perhaps their ultimate glory glory night.
Spurs opened their new stadium to much fanfare on Wednesday, welcoming Crystal Palace to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as it is now known.
And Eriksen, after a number of anonymous performances during the club’s recent dip in form that saw them go five games without a win, finally grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.
Per WhoScored, the Denmark international had a total of six shots on goal, laid on one assist, for Son Heung-Min’s historic opener, and scored the second himself, lashing home after Harry Kane had been upended in the box.
He had a total of 79 touches of the ball and six shots as he desperately attempted to influence the game in the final third.
Impressively, he managed five key passes and a pass success rate of 85%.
No player collected a higher WhoScored rating than Eriksen as he dominated the game from midfield, moving the ball accurately and dangerously.
There are few players capable of being as anonymous as the Denmark international but when he is on form there is perhaps no midfielder quite like him.
He passes the ball exceptionally well but allies his vision and technique to a hard-running, high-pressing style that has seen manager Mauricio Pochettino trust him to lead the club’s midfield.
Of course, The Independent reported in January that he could well be leaving in the summer, with Real Madrid keen to lure him to Spain as a potential replacement for Luka Modric.
His contract expires at the end of next season but, after Wednesday’s performance, Spurs should pull out all the stops to keep him.
Regardless of the amount of money they could receive, there is little chance of replacing him adequately if he does depart.