Adrian Clarke: Tottenham Hotspur ‘too reliant’ on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will face each other in the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke has written on that Tottenham Hotspur rely too much on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

The 40-year-old made the comments during a tactical analysis of Tottenham’s game and Kane’s influence on the team.

“Tottenham Hotspur's fitness, attitude and endeavor has come on leaps and bounds in 2014/15,” Clarke wrote on “They approach this weekend’s north London derby in terrific form.

“Creatively they may be too reliant on the exploits of Kane and Eriksen, and defensively there is still margin for big improvement, but Pochettino’s philosophy is starting to have a very positive impact on their performances. Their clash with Arsenal should be a high-octane thriller.”

Is Clarke right?

One cannot help but agree with Clake: Tottenham do rely on Kane and Eriksen for creativity up front.

Denmark international playmaker Eriksen has been arguably the best outfield player for Spurs so far this season, having scored nine goals and created 53 chances in 23 Premier League appearances.

Meanwhile, Kane has been one of the best young strikers in the Premier League, having scored no fewer than 10 goals while giving 14 key passes.

This does not mean that Kane and Eriksen have been carrying the team on their own. Hugo Lloris has been superb in goal and has been arguably Tottenham’s best player.

In midfield, Ryan Mason has been truly brilliant, while the centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio is starting to look very good.

Without Eriksen and Kane, Tottenham would be struggling to challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but then again would Arsenal be doing the same if they did not have a certain Alexis Sanchez in their team?

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