Christian Eriksen does not look like the typical Mauricio Pochettino player.
A extremely technically gifted midfielder, Eriksen can pick a pass with the best of them, and possesses vision which is vital to creating chances when space is tight and Spurs are struggling for attacking flair.
However, he also lacks many of the traits which head coach Mauricio Pochettino looks for in his players.
His work rate is poor in relation to all of his teammates, and he lacks the physicality and drive which Pochettino wants from his players.
This is why he has found himself shifted out to the left-wing, a position which is not his natural role. Normally a number 10, Eriksen does not have the same build about him as either Dele Alli or Mousa Dembele, who have become favoured in that position.
They can break into the opposition box and hold off opponents with ease, as Alli showed with the goal he scored against West Brom at the weekend. Eriksen would never have scored that same goal, if he was playing as the number 10 against the Baggies.
This means he has been forced out to the left, where he can still have a positive impact, but he is not a natural winger.
When everyone is fit and available for selection, Eriksen would also be behind the more natural wide-men in Pochettino’s team, with Nacer Chadli the obvious selection.
Chadli is not an amazingly technical footballer, but he is strong, fast and has a consistent end product, which counts for a lot in the Premier League.
He is much more suited to Pochettino’s style of play, whilst the head coach can also call upon Heung-Min Son or Dembele to feature on the left wing.
Eriksen is a fantastic footballer, but there has always been the sense that he is not suited to the style of football Pochettino has brought to White Hart Lane. When everyone is fit and ready to play, it is hard to see how the Danish playmaker can retain a starting role in Tottenham’s team.