Tottenham star Eriksen does more in 45 mins v West Ham than in 81 at Anfield

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen showed why his best position is in the middle rather than out wide.

Christian Eriksen was left out of the Tottenham starting line-up against West Ham, but was brought on at half-time with Spurs a goal down.

The Dane was brought on for Mousa Dembele, whose form in an attacking central midfield position in recent weeks has seen Eriksen moved out to the left.

Eriksen is a special talent, one who is still able to affect games from out wide, but playing him out of his preferred role can have a negative effect.

This combined with possible fatigue saw him underperform against Liverpool in the 3-2 defeat almost a fortnight ago. 

After coming on as a substitute against West Ham, Eriksen was back to his best, showing why a central attacking role is the best way for him to influence the game. 

  MatchKey PassesShotsTouchesMins Played
Christian Eriksen Tottenham vs West Ham 4 3 53 45
Christian Eriksen Liverpool vs Tottenham 0 2 65 81

Against the Hammers in just half a game, Eriksen created four goalscoring opportunities, compared to none against Liverpool in almost double the time.

He also had more shots on goal, and had nearly as many touches of the ball, only 12 times less despite being on the field for 36 fewer minutes.

Tottenham could really do with Eriksen finding his best form at present with crucial games against Fiorentina and Chelsea upcoming.

This second half display, combined with Dembele's lack of influence should see head coach Mauricio Pochettino bring Eriksen back into the centre for the final at Wembley next Sunday if not before.

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