Danny Murphy on the importance of Christian Eriksen to Tottenham Hotspur's goal threat

The former Spurs midfielder believes the Dane is key to getting the most out of Harry Kane.

Danny Murphy has suggested the return to form of Christian Eriksen will be key to Harry Kane building on his hat-trick against Bournemouth.

The Spurs frontman grabbed the plaudits for his three-goal haul yesterday – having scored just one Premier League goal before then – but Murphy feels Eriksen was the instigator of most of Tottenham’s good work.

“Eriksen stood out, I’m a big fan of his,” said Murphy on 'Match of the Day 2', aired on BBC Two at 10pm last night.

“He’s always been very good at set-plays but his creative play was back to its best (against Bournemouth). His ability to pick a pass has always been there but it was bang on (yesterday).

“He played off the left - which I’m not sure is his best position - but Harry Kane will be delighted because Eriksen was injured at the beginning of the season and they did lack a bit of a spark.

“They were struggling to create but the more Eriksen grows in confidence and the fitter and stronger he gets, the more goals Harry Kane will score.”

The understanding between the two was evident for Spurs’ first goal from the penalty spot, after the Dane’s clever through ball sent Kane through only to be brought down by Athur Boruc.

Kane’s second was the pick of the bunch however, with Eriksen’s delightful, driven ball turned in by the Spurs academy graduate to make it 4-1.

Yesterday’s win stretched Spurs’ unbeaten run to nine in the league and if Kane and Eriksen start to hit full stride, it could prove ominous for the rest of the division.

Heung-Min Son and Nabil Bentaleb should soon rejoin the fray and Ryan Mason’s return against the Cherries has Mauricio Pochettino’s squad looking in fine shape as the busiest part of the season approaches.

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