Has Eriksen accidentally explained why he has struggled under Pochettino?

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen may have hinted why he has struggled under Mauricio Pochettino so far.

Christian Eriksen played a starring role for Tottenham Hotspur against Hull City in their 2-1 win on Sunday, but that was the first time that he has shown his match-winning qualities under Mauricio Pochettino.

Eriksen was in devastating form towards the back end of the last campaign, but he has failed to kick on under the club's new Argentine manager.

Although the Dane is still widely regarded as the Lilywhites' most talented outfield player, he has under-performed to date this season. 

Eriksen has appealed for time to allow him to get used to Pochettino's methods, and he may have inadvertently explained why he is struggling to make an impact in an interview today. 

"I am a player who loves to have the ball," he said to the London Evening Standard. "I don’t think you have anything of me if I don’t have the ball."

It is a statement which goes directly against Pochettino's principles, as the former Southampton boss demands his players to be unrelenting with and without the ball.

Famously, the Southampton squad stated that one needed two hearts to play under Pochettino such was his demanding approach to the game, and it seems that Eriksen will have to adjust more than most to this new style. 

  SeasonTouches per gameTackles per gameInterceptions per gameAppearancesMins Played
Christian Eriksen 2014-2015 68.33 1.58 0.67 12 919
Christian Eriksen 2013-2014 65.48 0.96 0.84 25 1983

Despite his struggles, he has shown some willingness to transform his game into one more suited to Pochettino's style.

Eriksen has began to make more tackles per game than he was, as Spurs look to defend from the front. 

Indeed, although the former Ajax man may feel that he is not involved as he was last season, he actually has averaged more touches this campaign than he did last time around.

Eriksen will now be hoping to build on his display against Hull and get back to his best. Spurs need him firing on all cylinders if they are to meet their expectations this season and, if they are to break out of their current slump, he will be crucial to any improvement they can make. 

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