Stats - Five ways Christian Eriksen can hurt Norwich City

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen could make his Tottenham Hotspur debut this weekend against Norwich City.

The Danish midfielder as a youngster who was coveted by several Premier League teams throughout the summer before eventually deciding that White Hart Lane was the place he wanted to play his football.

The £11.5 million signing will be under a little bit of pressure to hit the ground running but he can hurt Norwich in plenty of different ways that make him a bit threat in the current Spurs side.

Passing

Eriksen arrives at Tottenham with an 85.7% successful passing rate based on Eredivisie performances this season.

That shows he’s extremely accurate and doesn’t give away possession frequently.

If Tottenham can get him on the ball regularly then he has a great chance to be effective whether it’s clearing pressure from the defence or maintain pressure over Norwich inside their final third.

Assists

Eriksen produced three assists in four games with Ajax before completing his move.

What that tells us is that his decision making inside the opponent’s final third is spot on.

Again, the emphasis will be getting him on the ball in that key area between midfield and attack, in front of the Norwich back four. He should be feeling very confident that he can pick the lock in the Norwich defence.

Goals

The fact he gets into so many good offensive positions also makes him a real goal threat and if he can maintain the one goal in every two games strike rate he’s established at the start of this season, it will take a lot of pressure away from other attacking players.

Any attacking midfielder that can weigh in with a significant number of goals over the course of a season, will go a long way towards helping his side be successful.

Turnovers

Although Eriksen is predominantly an attacking player, he wins the ball back in key areas 1.5 times per game on average, based on domestic games this season.

That’s a key stat because it shows he’s important in terms of quickly breaking up any chance of an opposition counter attack, giving Tottenham a much greater chance of maintaining any pressure they have built.

Crosses and Long Balls

Eriksen has put in 2.5 successful crosses per game so far this season.

That further proves the accuracy of his passing skills but it also suggests he will switch to a slightly wider position if the match and the shape of the Spurs midfield dictates that he needs to.

He’s also making 1.5 successful long ball passes per game.

That’s significant because it’s a key stat when it comes to clearing the ball for a striker to hold up or generally if one wing of the pitch is overcrowded and Spurs need to switch the play.

Can he maintain these stats? Do you think he’ll start against Norwich?

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