Should Eriksen make his Tottenham debut this weekend?

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

The Danish playmaker could well be set to make his White Hart Lane bow against Norwich on Saturday.

Much of the hype in the dying days of the transfer window surrounded Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Ozil, however the talented Germany international is not the only attacking midfielder of note to potentially make his Premier League debut this weekend.

Tottenham have added a superlative creative midfielder of their own to their squad in the form of Christian Eriksen, who will also be in the reckoning to play his first game in English football on Saturday.

Spurs will be keen to make amends for the 1-0 north London derby defeat to the Gunners from their last outing and will want a convincing win to get their season back on track.

With Etienne Capoue sustaining injury at the Emirates Stadium, Andre Villas-Boas has the chance to slot Eriksen into his team automatically and make an attacking switch to his starting XI at the same time. But should Eriksen be inserted straight into the White Hart Lane side?

The natural replacement for Capoue is Sandro, who has seemingly returned to fitness from injury and is a like-for-like swap into the side in place of the Frenchman. The Brazil international has an important role to play in the side and there is certainly an argument that the ex-Internacional man should be an ever-present when available.

However, with Paulinho and Mousa Dembele already in the side in central midfield and a home game in the offing, there is room to bring Eriksen into the fold and push him forward into the hole between Norwich’s midfield and defence. Spurs would still have two central midfielders and would see the benefit of a creative player to assist Roberto Soldado centrally.

There has been a lack of guile and craft in Tottenham’s play to date in the Premier League this season, which is only natural given that there are a number of new players getting used to new team-mates and a new environment. However, Soldado has been isolated and needs a player with a solid range of passing to get close to him and be another threat to opposition defences.

This is where Eriksen fits in. While other new signings Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli will predominantly operate from wide, the Scandinavian’s attributes suit a central role. He has the ability to be just as effective as Ozil will be for Arsenal and can be a real Premier League star if given consistent chances.

Whether he will start for Spurs against Norwich remains to be seen. Vilas-Boas took a while to bring Hugo Lloris into the side out of respect to Brad Freidel and this could well be the case again with Eriksen. However, the sooner that the Dane gets a chance to show his ability, the better it will be for Tottenham as an attacking unit.

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