The father of Tottenham Hotspur play-maker Christian Eriksen has told Danish newspaper BT why the 22-year-old has become more of a goal-scorer and less of a provider this season.
Eriksen has scored 11 goals for Tottenham this campaign but he has provided only four assists, a surprising statistic when you consider he finished the previous season with 16.
So why does his father Thomas Eriksen feel things have changed for the Spurs star in this regard?
“It has changed over the years,” Eriksen senior said. “Usually he was the man who set up the others.
“But that has changed. He may have been lacking in previous years where he was better to pass. But I also think he has made some really good passes (this season) but his teammates are not as used to them as they were before.”
Eriksen has started to shoot far more regularly and that increased confidence has helped him get on the score-sheet regularly, easing some of the pressure on Tottenham’s forward-line.
Harry Kane aside, Mauricio Pochettino’s forwards have not impressed this season, but Eriksen’s contribution means that is not as serious as it might have been.
As the Spurs star’s father pointed out, Eriksen continues to play a number of key passes, but those are not always converted.
Hopefully if a world-class forward arrives at White Hart Lane in due course, Eriksen’s assist-tally will be just as impressive as his blossoming scoring record.