Christian Eriksen has enjoyed an exceptional debut Premier League season, here's why he's been the best buy of the season.
Christian Eriksen has had an absolutely exceptional debut season in England, earning himself a wealth of plaudits thanks to his excellent performances.
Eriksen has been the outstanding success story of a Tottenham spending spree last summer that has failed to yield the rewards the club were hoping for. Bought for a meagre £11.5 million last summer from Ajax, the Danish international has proven himself as the English top flight signing of the season, in my eyes at least.
He showed his class in Tottenham’s last Premier League fixture versus Fulham, giving another scintillating performance in the club’s 3-1 victory, adding a further two assists to his season tally.
The Dane has shown a fantastic work ethic and a never-say-die attitude during what has been a tough campaign for the London club. His club teammates have ultimately failed to live up to expectations, while a peculiar managerial situation has caused further disruption. Despite this, the ex-Ajax man has continue to exceed expectations.
He is yet to be consistently awarded a starting berth in his favoured number 10 role, with Sherwood utilising him more regularly on the left side of midfield. Nevertheless he has still successfully established himself as the focal point of the Spurs’ attack.
|Team||Pos||Goals||Goal Assist||Key Passes||Apps||Mins|
|David Silva||Man City||MF||7||9||83||24||2,005|
He currently has the third highest assist total in the league, whilst he has contributed with a further 51 key passes – more than any other Tottenham player. His ability to create chances is second to none and this has been on show throughout his 22 league appearances.
His goals have been imperative for Tottenham’s top four challenge and, whilst the club have ultimately failed to finish near the top of the table, the situation would be far more severe had he been absent. His injury time equaliser versus West Brom is a prime example - scoring in the dying seconds to complete a comeback from 3-0 down.
To put Eriksen’s season into perspective - while Arsenal’s record signing, £42 million Mesut Ozil, has nine goals and needed a couple of months to cope with the rigours of the Premier League, the Dane already has 12 strikes to his name.
Eriksen's education with the infamous Ajax youth system has clearly helped the speed of his development. At just 22 years of age he has already represented his country on 42 occasions and he has shown incredible maturity throughout his time in England.
He was highly coveted just over a year ago, with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United vying for his signature and this time round interest from a Champions League club could make it difficult for the club to hold on to their key man.