Stat: Christian Eriksen’s amazing work-rate, but is it bad for Tottenham?

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

The Danish midfielder has covered the second most ground in the top flight this term, but actually be counter-productive.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has been a revelation this season for the North London club, scoring and creating critical goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s men with regularity.

Despite the Denmark international’s incredible attacking contribution to Spurs’ top-four ambitions, the former Ajax playmaker’s work-rate is also a facet of the team’s game.

In a report published in The Guardian, Eriksen has been listed as covering the second most ground this season in the Premier League - 338,235 metres in total, which equates to 210 miles.

Only Burnley’s George Boyd has ran further, showing that the Scandinavian is more than willing to put a shift in for his side.

Although the stat proves another positive element to Eriksen’s game, Tottenham may well look at it differently.

Pochettino will be happy that the diminutive midfielder has adopted his tactic of pressing high up the pitch, but could it be that the star is too preoccupied with his defensive responsibilities to fully influence the game in an attacking sense?

With Eriksen’s ability, surely other members of the Spurs midfield should be doing the legwork and allow the gifted playmaker to focus on taking up intelligent attacking positions and have an impact on proceedings in the final third.

Also, with the Dane’s form visibly dipping since the turn of the year, it is clear that the miles that he puts in on the pitch are starting to take their toll on Eriksen, with fatigue seemingly setting in.

Although his commitment and work-rate must be admired and certainly fit into Pochettino’s ethos, the Spurs boss will be asking why other players do not cover the same amount of ground as Eriksen and if the side can use their main creative force more sensibly.

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