Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has looked a little out-of-sorts in recent weeks when he has played in behind two strikers, but he has the ideal opportunity to regain his form when he comes up against struggling Chelsea man Jorginho at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
When Dele Alli is fit, Eriksen largely settles for either a spot out wide or in a deeper central position depending on what formation Mauricio Pochettino is using, but ever since the England international suffered a hamstring injury last month the Dane has had more attacking responsibility on his shoulders.
As he did against Burnley on Saturday, the 27-year-old played in an advanced central role behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, but he didn’t really hit top gear against the Clarets as Spurs’ title hopes took a significant knock, Tottenham fans on Twitter certainly haven’t been impressed with what they have seen from him.
Having hit four goals and provided a further five assists in a run of nine Premier League matches between November and New Year’s Day, he now only has one of the former and two of the latter in his previous six top-flight outings – four of which have been when he has filled in for Alli.
Despite his struggles, the Denmark international could have the perfect chance to find some form and creativity when the north London outfit travel to their neighbours from the capital on Wednesday.
The Carabao Cup final losers have an out-of-form man themselves in Jorginho, but despite the Italian struggling from both a defensive and positioning point of view, Maurizio Sarri has remained stubborn and kept him in the CDM position even though he has the proven N’Golo Kante to deputise.
Eriksen should have the room and intelligence to make a difference against the Blues who should come at Tottenham looking for the win, and the 27-year-old must step up and do what Alli has done on so many occasions in that position – deliver.