Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen says that Christian Eriksen is being rewarded for all the hard work he puts in on the training pitch.
Eriksen has been one of Spurs' stand-out stars so far this season, with his form over recent weeks particularly eye-catching.
The Dane is naturally elegant in possession and is blessed with wonderful technical ability, but Vertonghen says that his innate skill is backed up with a desire to improve in training.
“He’s a very hard worker," Vertonghen said to the Tottenham Journal. "He’s first in [for training] and he’s on the pitch until the last minute.
"We need him on the ball as much as possible. When he’s playing from the left he’s coming inside, and as a No 10 he has even more influence. When he’s on the ball something always happens and it’s good for the team."
Eriksen struggled to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino's new methods when the Argentine first arrived, but he has managed to reach the standard which made him such a success towards the back end of the last campaign now.
The 22-year-old has scored some important winners and accumulated six goals over the season so far.
He looks set to be the player who Tottenham build their future teams around and, as the creative fulcrum of the side, Pochettino will be relying on Eriksen to keep his high standards up to aid the team as they battle for a top-four spot.