Stats: The surprising area Eriksen has improved in under Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen is helping out far more in a defensive sense under Mauricio Pochettino than he did last season.

Christian Eriksen may not have hit the heights that he did last season so far this campaign, but he has made a notable improvement in one area under Mauricio Pochettino. 

Eriksen is still searching for his top form, although a goal at the weekend against Southampton in his side's 1-0 win should help, but he can be encouraged by how well he has bought into Pochettino's philosophy.

The new Argentine boss is well-known for his high-pressing approach and few players have adapted to this side of the game as quickly as Eriksen has. 

With the responsibility of hassling defenders from the front, the Dane has clearly tried to develop the defensive side to his game and now averages nearly a tackle more per game than he did in his first season at White Hart Lane.

  PositionTeamSeasonTackles GAMEPasses GAMEPassing AccuracyChances created GAMEShots GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 2014-2015 1.8 50.5 82.4% 1.8 2.2 7 559
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 2013-2014 0.9 44.3 81.8% 2.7 1.9 25 1983

Although the 22-year-old is expected to be the creative fulcrum for the side, this shows his willingness to develop other areas of his game and should stand him in good stead for the future.

Eriksen is a refined player, but he remains young and has plenty of time to develop at Spurs. He seems to have made marginal improvements in other areas too, as his passing regularity and accuracy is up.

However, the only concern is the fact that he isn't creating as many chances as he was for his teammates last campaign.

Still, Pochettino is sure to have been impressed by the new dimension Eriksen has added to his game, and if he keeps these sort of performances up he can become a weapon for Spurs in a defensive sense, as well as an offensive one.

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