Exclusive: Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham reaping the rewards of showing faith in Christian Eriksen

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Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle has told HITC that Christian Eriksen has impressed him this season.

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Former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle has told HITC that the Spurs player who has impressed him most this season aside from Harry Kane has been Christian Eriksen.

The Dane's impact particularly in the first half of the season made him a key part of the side's early success, with Hoddle telling HITC via e-mail that he feels Eriksen is benefiting from a run in the side.

He said: "Eriksen has found his feet, the manager has given him a shirt and kept him on the team and I think he feels more at home now. He is one for a couple of years who I think has found it difficult as he’s not always been the number one choice, but he’s improved over the years and the one who has stood out to me."

Eriksen has this season already played more Premier League games than he did in 2013/14. He has made 32 appearances - featuring in every single league game. Last season he played in only 25 out of a possible 38 matches in the division.

Eriksen's record of just two assists may appear a disappointing return, but the fact he has created 72 goalscoring chances suggests he is unlucky not to have more.

From his nine goals, only two of the strikes have come in 2015, but in addition to his Premier League impact, his spectacular free-kick in the League Cup away to Sheffield United should not be forgotten.

Eriksen's teammate Harry Kane currently sits joint top of the Premier League goalscoring charts and is the hot tip to win the club's individual awards at the end of the season, and even the division's honours.

It could have been easy for Mauricio Pochettino to decide in the summer to bring in his own player to try and play the attacking midfield role which Eriksen does so well, but his faith in Eriksen as Hoddle points out has served Tottenham well.

While he may be suffering from a little end of season fatigue, if Spurs can integrate young loan talent Alex Pritchard next season who has thrived at Championship side Brentford, the pair could be a potent combination for opponents to deal with.

Asked how he would look to improve Tottenham if he was head coach, Hoddle said: "I think to be honest it is difficult for me to answer, Tottenham need to work closely with the manager in terms of who they bring in. The manager has moulded it to how he has wanted in the past year and they need to continue to work closely with him."


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