Cascarino says Christian Eriksen is Tottenham's David Silva

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen was outstanding against Stoke on Monday evening.

Tony Cascarino has told The Times that he likens Christian Eriksen's influence on the Tottenham Hotspur side to David Silva at Manchester City.

Silva, 30, is a two-time Premier League winner with City, and Eriksen has helped Tottenham get agonisingly close to lifting the trophy this season, just five points behind surprise league leaders Leicester City with four games to go.

Eriksen was magnificent for Tottenham against Stoke on Monday evening, setting up two goals and hitting the bar with an effort himself.

Cascarino told The Times: "He does what David Silva does for Manchester City by offering Spurs something different: he will get his head up and find the space that others do not see.

"He is also one of those rare players who don’t need to take a touch. When he looks up and sees something he just plays it — his instinct to play the first-time ball and not take a touch is a gift few players have. And with this Spurs side there is always someone making the runs for him."

Eriksen linked up especially well with Dele Alli, who was given more license to roam forward, netting two goals in the 4-0 victory.

  PositionTeamGoals per gameAssists per gameKey Passes per gameAppearancesMins Played
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 0.19 0.39 3.39 31 2,578
David Silva MF Man City 0.09 0.48 2.91 23 1,743

Eriksen, six years Silva's junior, has performed well in comparison to the Manchester City ace this season. He has a goals per game ratio which works out twice as good as Silva, and creates more chances per game.

The Danish international is coming into excellent form at the right time with Spurs pushing hard for the title, and might just end the season being rewarded with a medal along with the rest of his teammates.

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