Pochettino explains his thoughts on the Christian Eriksen conundrum

The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker has been below par so far this season.

Mauricio Pochettino has defended Christian Eriksen's form at Tottenham Hotspur and says the club's coaching staff are expecting him to return to his goalscoring ways soon, according to ESPN.

Eriksen hasn't contributed anywhere near as often this season as he did during the last and some have questioned his place in the team if he isn't offering as much as other team-mates.

But Pochettino had looked for reasons as to why the Dane hasn't scored as many goals this term and is generally very understanding of the 23-year-old.

The Argentine is quoted as telling reporters during a press conference: "It's a different season, a different style to how we play, different team-mates.Sometimes it's about form and moments. He's a talented player and we hope and expect that he starts to score again like last season.

"I've changed from last season because I'm one year older, Christian is one year older too. In my life, I moved - I changed my house - I changed the teammates, not the wife!

"It's difficult to say: 'OK, every season we need to repeat the same performance, with the same timing.' If Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen score 10 goals in the first 10 Premier League games, if next season they score nine, we start to say: 'What happened? Why they not score 10?'"

Eriksen's downturn in form was recently discussed on HITC Sport, while fans also gave their view and there has certainly been an acknowledgement that the Dane has dipped in form.

The comments of some pundits recently have made it sound like this is a new, shocking revelation. In truth, the Tottenham playmaker hasn't been the same all campaign long.

But Pochettino's approach is the correct one. There is good man management on display here - and an understanding approach rather than an ultra-demanding one.

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