Tottenham ace aims to repay Sherwood with Champions League spot

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen is aiming to repay the faith to manager Tim Sherwood this term with a top four finish in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Danish playmaker is targeting Champions League qualification above all this term with Spurs and, despite being signed in the summer by former boss Andre Villas-Boas for a reported £11 million from Dutch champions Ajax, Eriksen wants to pay back his current manager Sherwood for giving him his opportunities this season.

"I think everybody at the club wants to be in the top four," Eriksen told Sky Sports News.

"When I came here I really wanted to play in the Champions League and that is what we all want.”

He explained the change in Spurs’ setup this term following the dismissal of Villas-Boas are his replacement by Tim Sherwood who has overseen an upturn in results at White Hart Lane since.

“(Working with Tim Sherwood) is different from Villas-Boas of course. It's been really fine. I've been playing so of course that is always nice,” he explained.

"I'm just trying to repay him for the advice and the positive things that he has given me and, with the chance to play, I want to pay him back on the pitch."

Tottenham currently sit fifth in the Premier League table but are just four points off Manchester City in fourth. It will be no plain sailing for Spurs, however, as City still have two games in hand and North London rivals Arsenal are six points ahead in third as Spurs prepare to take on league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Eriksen has been working hard to impress the fans and repay the faith of the manager on the pitch already – in his last 8 Premier League appearances, he has managed three goals and three assists after returning from injury back in December last year.

In the Europa League he was a crucial component of the superb Spurs comeback against Dnipro last week from 1-0 down in the first leg to 3-2 up after 180 minutes in the tie, assisting one goal scored by Emmanuel Adebayor after scoring their opener.

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