The former Tottenham midfielder rates Danish talent Christian Eriksen very highly.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen leads his team out on to the pitch
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Norway midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen has been highlighting the qualities of the club's current Nordic star, Christian Eriksen, in an interview with the Spurs website leading up to a high profile match in the Norwegian capital this week.
Spurs are set to take on Serie A giants Inter Milan in Oslo on Friday, and Dane Eriksen is sure to be one of the most exciting stars on display, having long been one of Scandinavian's top talents.
Tottenham have had several Norwegians play for them down the years, and Leonhardsen, who scored 11 goals in 72 appearances after arriving from Liverpool in 1999 is one who is excited to see his old team and their Danish playmaker come to town.
Oyvind Leonhardsen - courtesy of DC/FMS
“As a Scandinavian I know a bit about him [Eriksen] and his talents," Leonhardsen told the Spurs website. "I saw him at Ajax – I actually went to see them in training so I have watched Christian closely and, for me, it’s really good to see young players coming up from Scandinavia.
“He’s obviously a creative player as all Spurs fans know. I saw him in his first game for Denmark and you could see then that he’s the guy who plays the passes and makes the difference.
“At Spurs you have good players around him so you can finish the game, but he can be the creator. He’s a very talented individual.”
Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring for Tottenham
It wouldn't be a stretch to suggest the Dane was Tottenham's greatest ever Scandinavian player, though the likes of Leonhardsen, Allan Neilson and Erik Thorstvedt might disagree.
In reality though, the former Ajax star has shone for the North Londoners in a way precious few foreign players have managed over the years, and Eriksen has much of his career still to look forward to with Spurs having just finished in their highest league position since the 1980s.
The 24-year-old will feature for Mauricio Pochettino's side in the Champions League in the coming campaign, the first Scandinavian player to have done so for Spurs, and will also hopefully be at the club as he and the likes of Harry Kane move into their new stadium in a couple of years.
Harry Kane celebrates with Christian Eriksen (L) after scoring the second goal for Tottenham