Jamie Redknapp has highlighted the importance of Christian Eriksen to Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to The Mail.
The former Spurs midfielder cites the Danish international's knack of scoring important goals, which have directly contributed to an extra 13 points this season.
It's an incredible feat, and if those goals were taken away, Spurs would be sitting in 11th position in the Premier League.
Redknapp said: "He has hit three winners in the 88th minute or later. Without his goals, Spurs would be struggling.
"In Holland people felt he didn’t have the personality to take control of games. He is proving them all wrong - and how."
He does not reference who in particular criticised his displays in the Eredivisie, but it's important to remember Eriksen was a teenager for much of his time at Ajax. In his last season there he scored 13 goals in 45 games, a more than respectable rate for a young attacking midfielder.
Eriksen is still developing at Tottenham, only 22, even if he is showing himself to be an established star already.
To simply take his goals out of the equation is a little of a simplistic view of Tottenham's season, to cite a dependence on him, but his achievements and form do deserve recognition.
He is not the only Tottenham player to draw praise from Redknapp in recent weeks, with the television pundit telling SkySports a week ago he felt Harry Kane, rather than Eriksen, was the catalyst for the club's recent climb up the table.