Christian Eriksen’s drought is a key reason behind Tottenham’s dip in form

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The 23-year-old Danish midfielder started the season in sensational form, but his performance level has dipped massively in recent weeks.

Christian Eriksen is a fantastic player, who, on the face of it, has had an excellent season at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Denmark international has nine goals and has created a mighty 71 chances for his teammates. He has scored crucial goals to win Spurs points in the final moments of games and has forged a terrific understanding with Harry Kane.

For a long time, Spurs were in contention for a Champions League place but in recent weeks, their form has tailed off, meaning they have no realistic chance of making the top four for the first time since 2010.

Tottenham have won just three of their last eight outings in the league and now lie in seventh place in the Premier League.

Instead of fighting the two Manchester clubs and bitter rivals Arsenal for top four places, the North London outfit now face a struggle with Southampton and Liverpool to secure another season of Europa League football.

Spurs’ severe dip in form has coincided with Eriksen’s individual drought, which has seen him fail to score and make just one assist in his last 12 appearances.

In recent games, manager Mauricio Pochettino has opted to play him from a wing, which does not play to his strengths.

Eriksen is at his best when he is played in the role just behind Kane with licence to roam across the pitch and get on the ball as much possible. It makes sense to play your most creative and most talented midfielder in their best position and Pochettino should realise this.

Saying that, world-class players always find the answer even if they are being played slightly out of position, something which Eriksen has failed to do. The Dane has gone missing at a vital stage of the season. This lack of end product is becoming a major worry for Pochettino.

The Spurs manager must find a way to return Eriksen to the form which has seen him and Kane score 28 league goals between them this season.

He is a brilliant player on his day but in order to progress even further, he must show consistency over the course of a whole season to be considered in the same bracket as the likes of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez.

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