Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen may have been disappointingly off-form so far this season, but his struggles have not been a surprise to Danish legend Brian Laudrup.
The former Barcelona star says that he predicted that this season would be difficult for Eriksen after he set such high expectations of himself last year.
Eriksen was Spurs' main-man during their campaign last year, but has taken longer than most to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino's methods this time around.
Laudrup does not believe this is a reason to panic, though, and he insists that his compatriot's ability will shine through again in the future.
“In Denmark I was asked about his second season and I said that I felt it was going to be difficult for him," Laudrup told Spurs's official site. "The second season it always very difficult as the other teams know about your qualities. It’s going to be a tough season but he’s a very talented player.
“It would be wrong of me to compare him to players who are on another planet but he’s in that bracket of players who are international class – there’s no doubt about that. There are very few who have the level of class that Christian does – without putting any more pressure on him than that!”
Eriksen managed to score ten times during the course of last campaign, with his form towards the back end of the season nothing short of sensational.
There was a hope that Pochettino would be able to build his team around the 22-year-old's talents, but so far Eriksen has faltered.
There have been a number of poor Spurs performers over the start of the season and Eriksen can only be considered one of the under-performing members of the first-team.
Although he remains arguably their most talented outfield player, he has shown signs of weakness and if Spurs are to turn things around they will need him back on the top of his game.
Tottenham are currently in 12th position in the Premier League and they realise that a major improvement is needed if they are to meet their expectations.
To do so, they will need all their key players to reach their optimum performance levels and Eriksen will be determined to do just that when the side take on Hull City this weekend.