Christian Eriksen explains why Georginio Wijnaldum is having a good season at Newcastle United

The pair both arrived in English football after success in the Dutch Eredivisie.

This weekend saw Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen score his first goal since October as Spurs drew 2-2 with Leicester City in the FA Cup at White Hart Lane.

He also had time to speak to the media in The Netherlands about his time in English football.

One subject matter regarded his delay in making a move from Ajax prior to his Tottenham move in the summer of 2013.

The Dane had been linked with a plethora of top clubs in the winters and summers prior to his August switch to Spurs but always resisted and remained with Ajax.

He told De Telegraaf that the reason why was that he wanted to be ready for English football first, due to the cut-throat nature of the Premier League. He went on to say that a Newcastle United player has also made the right choice in this approach.

He stated:

"You should not be asked to make the step, you must be ready first. Physically and mentally. If you fail, then in England they just buy a new one immediately for your position. I opted for a quiet career development. And I live seven days a week, 24 hours a day for my profession.

"You have to take care of every day, sensible eating, lots of rest, no crazy things at night. For my girlfriend is sometimes tricky. I do not mind it, but she often does not. Every three or four days I have to deliver a top performance here. Georginio Wijnaldum also never made ​​haste, had patience and that is why he is doing well at Newcastle."

Wijnaldum joined Newcastle United this summer from PSV Eindhoven for a fee reported by The Mirror to be in the region of £14.7 million.

The 25-year-old, like Eriksen, was linked with moves to the Premier League for years prior to eventually taking the plunge in the summer.

The Dutch international has certainly looked the part as a consequence. Put the mistake v Watford out of your head and his form this term has been impressive for a debutant - netting eight goals in 22 appearances for Newcastle.

The club remains in a relegation battle but if they are to survive the form is this Eriksen-approved new signing will be crucial to Newcastle's hopes.

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