Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen was in fine form on Thursday night as his side defeated Europa League opponents Qarabag FK 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from striker Harry Kane.
The Denmark international has been in superb form this season, forming an excellent relationship with fellow attacking players Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela and centre-forward Kane.
His immense fitness has allowed boss Mauricio Pochettino to consistently select him for European matches as well as Premier League encounters, despite there being just two full days rest in-between.
With qualification in sight, Spurs named a strong line-up for their trip to Azerbaijan and while Kane will receive the plaudits for being the match-winner, Eriksen was his side’s outstanding player.
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As per the table above, the former Ajax man contributed greatly in a number of key areas.
Eriksen posted three shots, three successful take-ons and a whopping six chances created via key passes – more than any other player on the pitch.
His influence on Spurs can be illustrated by his general involvement in matches, the amount of touches he takes, demonstrating how his teammates constantly look to him to be the chief source of creativity.
Against Qarabag, Eriksen took an incredible 112 touches over the course of the 90 minutes and made 84 accurate passes with a success rate of 88.1%, as well as an unmatched 12 crosses.
His performance really was at a top level and yet further proof of his growing popularity not just at White Hart Lane, but as a star performer representing the Premier League.
Eriksen will undoubtedly be back in the line-up to face fellow London outfit Chelsea this weekend, and boss Pochettino will be hopeful he can maintain his top form.