Garth Crooks raves about Christian Eriksen, comments on Tottenham’s top-four chances

Garth Crooks was impressed with Christian Eriksen’s performance for Tottenham Hotspur against Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Garth Crooks has explained on BBC Sport why Tottenham Hotspur have a great chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Tottenham are eighth in the league table at the moment with 13 points from eight matches, just two points behind fourth-place Crystal Palace.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes that the 2015-16 campaign provides Mauricio Pochettino’s side with a great chance of finishing in the Champions League due to the results of other teams.

The 57-year-old has also praised Denmark international attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, who scored twice for Tottenham against Swansea City away from home at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

While explaining his decision to include the 23-year-old in his BBC Premier League Team of the Week, Crooks wrote on BBC Sport: “When Eriksen is scoring goals it suggests the player is back to his best.

“He has suffered from injuries this season but appears to be getting over them and proved it with an exceptional performance for Spurs against Swansea.

“However, with such an open unpredictable Premier League this season, Spurs will never have a better chance to win a Champions League spot. Anything short of fourth place will simply not do.”

Eriksen is one of the better attacking midfielders in the Premier League and arguably the most talented outfield player in the current Tottenham squad.

Against Swansea, the former Ajax star took seven shots, had a pass accuracy of 80%, created two chances, put in seven crosses, attempted three dribbles, and made one clearance and four blocks.

As for Tottenham finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season, there is a long way to go.

Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are first, second and third respectively in the league table, and it would be a surprise if any of them drop out.

While Chelsea are struggling at the moment and are only 16th in the standings at the moment, they will come back strongly and start picking up results sooner rather than later.

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