Christian Eriksen showcased his importance to the Tottenham side with a string of fantastic match-winning displays last term.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is a popular figure among his peers
The 24-year-old Denmark international enjoyed a fine season with Spurs, scoring six goals and registering 13 assists in 35 Premier League outings. He did, however, receive heavy criticism for his displays in the North London club's final four games, with many Spurs fans accusing him of going missing when it mattered most.
Jan Vertonghen rates Eriksen very highly
Three of Spurs' key players spoke in support of their talisman however, with Vertonghen first to lavish praise on Eriksen, telling tottenhamhotspurfc.com:
"He scores goal, gives assists, he's a great guy to have in the team, and that's what we've seen from him. He's a dream for the manager, he never complains and works very hard."
Dele Alli highlighted the Dne's work ethic as something he aspires to
Dele Alli echoed Vertonghen's sentiments, highlighting the Dane's work ethic.
"He's a great player, there's no hiding the fact he's a world class player," Alli said. "He's one of those players you enjoy working with everyday in training and you get to see how hard he works, so it's no surprise when he produces the performances he does."
Toby Alderweireld praised Eriksen's 'big game' prowess
Finally, Spurs' player of the year Toby Alderweireld spoke highly of Eriksen, explaining how he performs in the big games.
"He had a wonderful season, producing big moments for the team," the Belgian said. "He scored big goals, and big assists. He was very important for us and deserves all the credit for that."
With such praise from his colleagues it is quite clear how highly valued Eriksen is at White Hart Lane.
His performances unquestionably tailed off towards the end off last season, but after competing in 46 games for Spurs fatigue could very well have played a big part in that.
If Pochettino can rest the Dane at crucial points next season, allowing him time to recharge the batteries, Eriksen could very well improve even further during the 2016/17 campaign.