Christian Eriksen on his growing responsibility within the Tottenham team

The Dane looked back to his best against Swansea yesterday.

Christian Eriksen has spoken about his new role as elder statesman within the Spurs midfield and his delight at the success of his younger colleagues.

The Danish international – who is still only 23-years old himself – has been playing in front of the youthful midfield duo of Dele Alli (19) and Eric Dier (21) and has welcomed his new-found responsibility.

“Funnily enough we spoke about it before the game, I was the old one in the midfield,” said Eriksen, in quotes published by the Ham & High.

“The other ones are small boys so I had to take a bit more responsibility, but they know what they’re doing and it’s always a pleasure to play with them. I’m glad for them both.”

The former Ajax man seems to have been around for ever and has already notched 181 club appearances and 53 caps for Denmark in under six years of professional football.

His vast experience yet tender age make him the prime candidate to lead Spurs down the Mauricio Pochettino path to progression.

The Argentine has managed to stamp his mark on the squad after a transitional first season and there is now the feeling that he has a collection of players tailor-made for how he wants to approach the game.

Midfield duo Dier and Alli have epitomised Tottenham’s youthful exhurberance and Eriksen has been impressed by the latter’s contribution especially, adding:

“[Dele] has shown what he is capable of in the last few games. He is one of the young lads coming through. I’m still young but he’s even younger and everyone is really happy for him.”

With Eriksen back into the swing of things and Dier and Alli bursting with potential, the future of the Spurs midfield looks in very good hands indeed.

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