The Danish playmaker is starting to find his feet in North London, but which formation will get the most out of the talented midfielder?
Christian Eriksen’s arrival at Tottenham in the summer was seen as quite the coup by the North London club, with the Denmark international adjudged as one of the most promising young stars in Europe.
After a lukewarm start to life at White Hart Lane, mostly due to injury concerns, the gifted playmaker is starting to look the part for Spurs and added a brace yesterday in the side’s 3-2 victory over Southampton.
However, with Eriksen having the versatility to play in a number of positions, what should Tim Sherwood do to get the best from his Scandinavian star?
Eriksen’s natural role is certainly as a number ten, playing behind one main striker. This is how the midfielder has been used in the past for Ajax and Denmark, and allows him to have a considerable impact on his side’s attacking play.
Playing in the number ten role means that his defensive duties are minimal, he has licence to roam all over the pitch and influence proceedings and can cleverly link up with fellow attackers.
Of late, it seems that Sherwood has preferred to play Eriksen from the left wing, allowing him to cut in from the flanks and get involved centrally.
The Dane seems to be prospering starting from the left, with his intelligent movement off the ball allowing him to take up dangerous positions and shake his marker.
Eriksen has been recording goals and assists while playing from the left side and cutting in, while he also has taken to the rough and tumble of the Premier League and is willing to work back towards his own goal.
However, against an opponent that plays with attacking full-backs, especially away from home, Eriksen’s roaming could well cause Spurs a problem and mean that the side’s left-back is left with a mismatch to deal with.
Sherwood will obviously assess potential opponents before deciding where to use the club’s most creative player, but for continuity purposes Eriksen will surely prefer to play in a certain position more often than not.