Ex-Everton man fears Tottenham's Christian Eriksen will hand former club Europa League defeat

Christian Eriksen

Denmark defender Per Kroldrup believes compatriot Christian Eriksen will give former club Fiorentina a tough time in their Europa League last-32 tie.

Ex-Everton defender Per Kroldrup has admitted to TMW that he fears former club Fiorentina will struggle to contain compatriot Christian Eriksen in their Europa League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

The two teams face off tomorrow evening at White Hart Lane in the first-leg of their last-32 encounter, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side hoping the in-form Eriksen can help them take an advantage to Florence.

Kroldrup, who made 146 total appearances for Fiorentina between 2006 and 2012, was teammates with the Denmark international at the 2010 World Cup and, having witnessed him tear up the Premier League in recent weeks, believes he could give the Serie A giants a tough night.

“Among the opponents who they fear? They’ll be wary of my compatriot Eriksen,” he told the Italian news outlet. “He is very good in attacks that start from the left and is so accomplished between the lines, pulling right and left.”

Eriksen, 23, has been in excellent goalscoring form this season, netting 11 times in 32 total appearances, including four late-winners in the league since November.

Having arrived at the club from Ajax in August 2013 for £11 million, the 49-times capped attacker is starting to prove an enormous bargain, and could be set to add further value to his price tag over the coming months with a starring role in Tottenham’s push for a European title.

Nevertheless, Kroldrup warns that Fiorentina have their own star man to look out for, pointing to Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar, who has taken advantage of the fitness issues of Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi to hit seven goals in 16 league games.

“You could see even at age 17 he had talent, even before he could get to these levels with a little more continuity,” the former Viola star said.

“He was already strong when I was in Florence but was yet to mature. He did well [on loan] at Modena and I am happy that he has become an important player for Fiorentina.”

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