Tottenham linked with Yacine Brahimi, but could he play with Eriksen?

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Tottenham Hotspur have recently been linked with a move for Yacine Brahimi, but could he really play effectively with Christian Eriksen?

Recent stories have linked Tottenham Hotspur with a possible move for Granada midfielder Yacine Brahimi, who has a reported release-clause of £12m. But with Christian Eriksen tipped to play from a central position next season, could the two players feature effectively in the same team?

Brahimi is an attacking midfielder who likes to take up positions behind the striker, but despite being used from wide areas at White Hart Lane last season, that is exactly the area in which Eriksen can do the most damage.

The Danish international really found his feet in the second half of the campaign and showed tantalising glimpses of what Tottenham fans could see on a regular basis next season and beyond.

The former Ajax man netted seven league goals, set up eight more and play an impressive 68 key passes last year, and you sense that is only the beginning for a young player with the time to further improve.

  GoalsGoal AssistKey PassAppsMins
Christian Eriksen 7 8 68 25 1,983

While Brahimi can also occupy either flank when required, the Algerian international is far more effective in the centre, posing a problem for Mauricio Pochettino if he were to arrive in North London.

Of course it is mere speculation at this stage, but the time has passed where Spurs signed a whole host of players and then seemingly hoped they would fit into a coherent team. Their new boss will want to bring in players who can complement what he already has, and solve problems rather than create them.

It is time to play Eriksen regularly through the middle and Pochettino will surely do that; meaning the men he signs are likely to strengthen other areas such as the defence and up front.

When you consider that Brahimi scored only three goals in 35 La Liga appearances last season, and set up just three more, this is surely one rumour that can be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.

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