Robbie Savage defends Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen - but here's why he shouldn't

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts

Eriksen has been a shadow of his former self of late. You could argue that the Dane hasn't been great for a while.

Robbie Savage has written in The Mirror that Christian Eriksen is still essential to Tottenham Hotspur’s attacking gameplan and hints that the criticism of his performances has been overblown.

The Danish international has become something of a scapegoat among some sections of the Spurs support with unusually quiet displays in recent weeks coinciding with the team’s indifferent run of just one win in ten games in all competitions.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have also been knocked out of the Champions League in that time as they threaten to undo much of the commendable progress made during their title push last season, with Eriksen, the man Spurs rely upon for much of their attacking output, responsible for just three goal and three assists so far this season.

Furthermore, two of those strikes came in a 5-0 EFL Cup win against Gillingham.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts

However, Savage says the criticism of a player who laid on 13 goals for his team-mates in Spurs’ third placed Premier League finish last season demonstrates the fickle nature of football fans, reminding them of his thunderbolt strike against Chelsea last weekend.

“I would argue that he's a very influential player as an attacking force,” Savage wrote in The Mirror. “When he's on song, Tottenham are good to watch.

“I doubt if you were complaining when he put that shot in the top corner to put Spurs ahead at Chelsea...”

It’s difficult to argue the point that some fans can be unrealistic in expecting their players to perform at peak every week, but moments of magic such as the thumping hit at Stamford Bridge have been few and far between for Eriksen lately.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts after a missed chance

And, following a number of blunt attacking displays in recent weeks, including dull draws with West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester City, it is not unreasonable for Spurs fans to expect their most creative player to, well, create.

His dynamic, intelligent performances of 2014/15, reminiscent for his shoot-on-sight mentality and terrific dead balls, appeared to herald the rise of another player of Gareth Bale or Luka Modric-esque importance to Spurs, so it’s understandable that the fans are concerned about his drop in form.

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