3 Key passes, 1 dribble: Is Christian Eriksen a cut above the rest at Tottenham?

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

Christian Eriksen emerged as Tottenham's most creative asset despite the club's 0-0 draw with London rivals Crystal Palace.

Tottenham Hotspur's struggles at White Hart Lane this season continued as they were outplayed in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace.

Spurs came closest to scoring when Roberto Soldado fired wide, while Jason Puncheon had the visitors' best effort, with a powerful strike that crashed against the bar.

Christian Eriksen hit the side-netting early on, before testing Julian Speroni with a dangerous free-kick. He looked to be Tottenham's brightest spark, particularly in the first-half, but he found himself occupying a bit-part role throughout the second period.

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Chances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)Total PassesDribblesTacklesDispossessedMins
Christian Eriksen 3 33 3 77 57 1 2 2 90

The Danish play-maker fulfilled his creative duties in the centre of the park, recording a match-best three key passes and three shots at goal; just one of which found the intended target. 

He would have wanted to see more of the ball, but the Palace back-four prevented him from taking a hold on proceedings. Despite Spurs' 68% share of possession, he accumulated 76 touches, while recording 57 passes, 77% of which were accurate.

Since his £11.5 million switch from Ajax in the summer of 2013, Eriksen has been a permanent fixture in a constantly-evolving Spurs side. Nonetheless, one feels a player of his calibre is currently being wasted at White Hart Lane. 

Evidently, the Dane is a player capable of building a team around, yet he continues to be incorrectly utilized on the left-flank, rather than his favoured number '10' role.

Although his performances appear impressive based on the statistical evidence, his creative instincts are drastically suppressed, as his overall impact in each match. 

Spurs's most innovative player by a country mile, Pochettino is unlikely to see Eriksen's best displays until he is give the opportunity to star as the focal point of the Lilywhites' midfield.

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