The Danish press were not 100% convinced with Christian Eriksen's performance against Italy yesterday.
Most Tottenham Hotspur fans would agree that Christian Eriksen has been an impressive buy. The £11.5 million signing from Ajax has impressed in his outings for Spurs so far - and at just 21-years-old, it looks to be an excellent investment by Daniel Levy, AVB, Franco Baldini and co.
Despite his tender age, Eriksen has been a prospect for many a year now, and has therefore been a fixture of the Danish national team for a number of years. He already has 39 caps for his country and is a senior player in the squad.
So when Denmark had a crunch qualifier with Italy to play, there was never any doubt about Eriksen’s place in the starting XI.
Denmark needed a win against Italy to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup, owing to the complex set-up of the UEFA qualifying system.
In the end, despite a valiant effort, they drew the game 2-2 when a former Liverpool flop, Alberto Aquilani scored in the 90th minute - to condemn the Danes to a summer without competition football.
Nicklas Bendtner impressed, the Arsenal man scoring a brace against his former Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon.
But while there was mainly praise for Bendtner in the press - Eriksen received a lukewarm response from the Danish media.
In popular daily Ekstra Bladet Eriksen was awarded just three out of ten for his performance against Italy.
They stated that Eriksen:
‘’Had it hard for long periods against Thiago Motta’’ and that he ‘’did not hit his top level’’.
So he struggled to make an impact on proceedings. But then again the paper was very harsh. They gave Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite a one out often while the only player to receive a six or more was Nicklas Bendtner.
So perhaps don’t read too much into Eriksen’s Italy struggle.
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