Former Tottenham Hotspur star Tom Huddlestone explained on Extra Time for talkSPORT earlier this week, why Christian Eriksen’s free kick technique is so difficult for goalkeepers.
Huddlestone, now at Hull City, has stressed the difficulty of Eriksen’s technique in terms of how ‘keepers can anticipate what he’s going to do as they prepare for free kicks.
“I think the most difficult thing for goalkeepers is that he can go either way (in terms of shot direction) – he does it and there’s no change in his technique,” said Huddlestone.
Eriksen showed off his free kick technique perfectly in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Sheffield United.
His first goal in that game was a perfectly placed free kick over the head of the goalkeeper, placed into the opposite corner than the goalkeeper appeared to expect.
It’s now just about going for goal with Eriksen, as he’s also very precise delivering the ball into the box for his teammates to attack.
What’s important for Spurs is that they try and take some of the pressure away from the Dane over the next few weeks.
Eriksen himself also has a challenge because there are going to now be goalkeepers all over the Premier League, and other leagues across Europe, studying his technique and trying to remove his threat from dead ball situations.