Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen outclasses Everton’s Ross Barkley in five key areas

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Comparing Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen and Everton’s Ross Barkley

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Goodison Park for the season finale this weekend in a Premier League match which will see Christian Eriksen pit his wits against the highly-rated Ross Barkley.

The Everton star has already earned international recognition and his bourgeoning reputation has seen him linked with both Chelsea and Manchester City for a whopping £50 million fee, as per The Mirror.

Barkley's huge potential in undeniable, and at 21 years of age he has all the tools to go on and become a Premier League great in the mould of fellow Merseysiders Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

However, the former Leeds United loan star hasn’t exactly stood out for the Toffees this season, and on Sunday he comes up against a player from whom he could learn a thing or two.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Christian Eriksen 10 2 2.59 2.16 1.24 42 5.24 37
Ross Barkley 2 2 1.82 1.14 2.18 35.71 3.71 28

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Spurs ace Eriksen has illustrated over the past 12 months why he was such a bargain buy for the North London club.

The 23-year-old has been a standout performer at White Hart Lane and one of only a few midfielders in the Premier League to hit double figures for goals this season.

Aside from his knack of scoring important goals, the former Ajax star averages more shots, key passes and accurate passes per league fixture than his upcoming opponent.

Furthermore, Eriksen’s work-rate and willingness to track back – illustrated by his average 5.24 ball recoveries per match – is often overlooked and betters the more athletic Barkley.

The Toffees favourite is at the right club under boss Roberto Martinez in terms of his development, but he has a long way to go before proving himself capable of prompting such a vast transfer fee as mentioned in the media.

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