Report details meeting between Christian Eriksen and Mauricio Pochettino

Christian Eriksen has held talks with Tottenham boss Pochettino.

Christian Eriksen has discussed his lack of playing time as a number 10 with Mauricio Pochettino, the Standard reports.

The attacking midfielder started the season as the main number 10, but injury forced him out of the side. In the succeeding weeks he was replaced by Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, both of whom excelled behind the striker, with Alli establishing himself as the number one playmaker for his combination of technical excellence and physical dominance.

Pochettino wants his number 10 to be able to match up on a physical level, and although Eriksen is an exceptional playmaker, who does defensive work when needed, his physical stature lets him down.

However, Pochettino has not wanted to leave Eriksen out of the team, and so has the Dane playing on the left wing.

Of his 22 appearances in all competitions, Eriksen has played 12 as a left winger, and only five as a number 10.

He built his reputation as a central playmaker, and he has now gone to Pochettino to express his dissatisfaction at his current role.

He is willing to play on the left, but the report claims he feels he can provide more for the side if in the number 10 position. The Dane is not ready to kick up a fuss though, as he is aware Pochettino is the head coach and so makes all final decisions. He just wants clarification about his role in Pochettino's plans moving forward.

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