Tottenham's Christian Eriksen improves in two key areas on last season

The Dane has made more successful passes, scored more goals and been more effective in the final third as well.

When Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid, the money accrued from his transfer was spent on signing several big stars.

While big fees were paid for these players, one who slipped in for a relatively low price was Christian Eriksen. However, he made a mockery of the fee with an impressive first season at White Hart Lane.

He is now a key player at Spurs and a fan favourite to boot, proving the difference many times in the vital games this season. Often the second season is a tough one for players, though, with many having found the Premier League a much tougher proposition after successful first years.

We decided to take a look at Eriksen’s second season stats to see how they compare to his first year at White Hart Lane.

  SeasonGoalsTotal Pass GAMEAccurate Pass GAMETotal Final Third Passes GAMESuccessful Final Third Passes GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEOntarget Att Assist GAMEGoal Assist
Christian Eriksen 2014-2015 10 52 42 22 16 2.2 1.1 2
Christian Eriksen 2013-2014 7 44 36 18 13 2.7 1.3 8

First and foremost, we’re going to be using the midfielder’s per game stats as he’s played 13 fewer this season than last. Starting with goals, he’s increased that by hitting 10 this season compared to seven last season, although his number of assists went the opposite way, falling from eight last year to two this season.

Sticking with assists, his stats have fallen elsewhere as well too, with his number of attempted assists per game falling from 2.7 to 2.2, while his on target attempted assists fell from 1.3 to 1.1.

When it comes to passing however, the Dane has improved considerably. His total number of passes per game has increased from 44 to 52, while his number of accurate passes per game has also increased, from 36 to 42.

Elsewhere, he’s also proven more dangerous in the final third, with his number of final third passes increasing from 36 to 42 while his number of successful final third passes per game has also increased, this time from 13 to 16.

It's improvement across the board for Christian Eriksen, who's managed to avoid second season syndrome. One concern will be his number of assists that has fallen dramatically, and Tottenham fans will hope he can increase that tally for next season.

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