Tottenham Hotspur play-maker Christian Eriksen has hinted that he wants his manager Mauricio Pochettino to show faith in him following his goal against Hull City, but the player himself must be considerably more consistent for that to happen.
Following his match-winning strike on Sunday, Eriksen told the London Evening Standard, “It’s something I wanted to show (that he can reproduce his best form). In the previous two games I was pulled out after 45 minutes and luckily against Hull I got a little bit more.”
Eriksen’s goal in a 2-1 victory gave Tottenham a much needed victory, but while the Danish international made reference to his two recent substitutions he has had plenty of opportunities to show what he can do this season but has simply failed to live up to his considerable potential.
Eriksen has played 915 minutes of Premier League football so far this season and has played the full 90 minutes on six occasions. He has also been substituted in the final 10 minutes of matches twice. So to hint that he deserves to remain on the pitch for longer to show what he can do does not entirely ring true.
He played the full game in defeats to Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United this season and has been pulled in recent games against Aston Villa and Stoke City because he has not been at his best.
The fact that the 22-year-old scored late against Hull does not mean he should always be relied upon to grab a late goal. In fact it should be a vital moment for the player rather than for Pochettino, with Eriksen now using the confidence gained at the weekend to perform consistently for a side in desperate need of his influence.
At his best, Eriksen is a fantastic player, but bemoaning a lack of recent chances is not the way to go. Instead he should prove he is a vital component for Tottenham by scoring and assisting plenty more goals this season and beyond.