Jan. 13, 2017
Can Christian Eriksen finally turn a corner?
Since transferring to the Tottenham Hotspurs in the 2013-14 season, Christian Eriksen has been a mainstay for his side. He has since supplied 29 assists and scored a total of 23 goals for the London side in the Premier League till the start of this season. This season, Eriksen has found new groove to his game play, having already scored 5 goals and assisted on 9 more. Spurs have been a top 4 contender for some years now, and are rivaling for the title these last two seasons. With the excellent Harry Kane an Delle Alli firing along side him, there's no reason why the Spurs can't win the League now. They already have one of the best defenses in the division, and in Mauricio Pocchettino, they have a coach who can bring out the best in his players.
However, Eriksen remains the main man on this side, as everything the Spurs do goes through him. He is the second highest assist maker in the league, and is in the top 15 for goals by midfielders. Eriksen takes all the set pieces for the Spurs, except penalties. With players such as Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen in the side, Eriksen is always dangerous from free kicks and corners. His ability to find the open man for the right pass is uncanny, and while he has been inconsistent in the past, since the start of last season he has been superb. For a long while in the current season, Eriksen was playing a lone hand on offense, with both Kane and Alli struggling for form and injury. If Eriksen can keep performing at such a high level on a regular basis, the Spurs can a have real chance of reaching their goal.
Eriksen prefers to play in the Attacking midfielder role, much like Brian and Michael Laudrup. He is very adept at finding the killer pass, as well as scoring from long shots. He's good with both feet and has excellent ball control and vision. Eriksen has the ability to make the entire team better by his game play, and it has translated into team success more often than not.
After impressing in his early years, the Dane was picked up by Dutch giants Ajax in 2010. HE represented them in 113 games, scoring 23 goals in that time. At Ajax too, Eriksen was the center piece for the side. Although he has not had much team success in Europe or on the International stage, he has won numerous individual accolades. His most successful stint has to be at Amsterdam, where he won three consecutive league titles and also picked up the Dutch Footballer of the Year award. He is also the 2013-15 Danish Footballer of the Year, and if things go well, the 24 year old might go on to become one of the finest players from Denmark of all time.
With age on is side, this talented player is at the right place at the right time, and some more focus and determination can take him to the very top of not just English football, but also the world.