Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen has been giving tips on how to succeed as a playmaker.
Denmark international Eriksen is one of the best young creative players in Europe and has been in brilliant form in recent weeks.
The 22-year-old former Ajax attacking midfielder has scored seven goals and created 45 chances in 20 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 59%.
Eriksen has now explained ‘the art of playmaking’, underling the importance of timing every move to perfection.
“Creating chances is a lot to do with timing: you have to know when to pull the trigger on a pass,” the 22-year-old told the FourFourFour magazine.
“Play at speed, but don’t rush it. Wait until an opportunity presents itself. It’s also about confidence. You have to believe in yourself. If the team trusts you, that will fill you with self-belief.
“You have to know when to take risks. If you’re losing then you know to take more risks to try and rescue the result. If the game is tight and you’re protecting a lead, you might decide to play more safely - especially if you’re in your own half.
“But if you’re in the opposition half you have freedom to take chances. If you see an opening, regardless of the score, play the pass.
“At Ajax I was taught to always try and play forward. When you turn, you turn forward, when you pass, pass forward, but don’t let this jeopardise possession. Make the right decisions on the ball, Consider the score and where you are on the pitch.”
Sound advice, indeed, from a man who is likely to go on and establish himself as one of the best creative players in the world in the coming years.
It is not always easy to put down in words exactly how to be creative on a football pitch, but Eriksen has certainly done a great job of doing so.
Perhaps the Tottenham star’s advice will help the young and budding playmakers…