Not Harry Kane: Martin Keown names the Spurs player who can't afford to have an off day

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Arsenal legend Martin Keown (R) on the touchline during the Charity football match between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie at The Emirates...

Martin Keown has praised Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Pundit Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Christian Eriksen - not Harry Kane or Dele Alli - is Tottenham Hotspur's key player heading into the new Premier League season.

Spurs enjoyed a strong campaign last season with a second-placed finish in the Premier League, but they enter the new season with real uncertainty over the club's title chances.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match beween Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5,...Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring

Tottenham remain the only Premier League club yet to make a signing since the end of last season, whilst right back Kyle Walker has left the club in order to join rivals Manchester City in a big-money deal.

Whilst the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Harry Kane have all stayed with the club, left back Danny Rose has caused a storm in the build-up to tomorrow's kick off against Newcastle United by suggesting to The Sun that he feels underpaid and may look to leave if the right offer arrives.

Still, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to have his side in the mix for a top four place yet again this season, though some fans and pundits do have concerns about the club's temporary move to Wembley Stadium this season, believing it could hinder Spurs whilst they wait for their new stadium to be built.

With the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli as well as the aforementioned Alderweireld, Dier and Kane, Tottenham still have an impressive side - but Martin Keown believes that it's actually playmaker Christian Eriksen who is Tottenham's key player heading into the new season.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Arsenal legend Martin Keown (R) on the touchline during the Charity football match between Arsenal Legends and Milan Glorie at The Emirates...Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Martin Keown (R)

The Dane, 25, has been a key player for Spurs ever since signing from Ajax in 2013, and he starred last season with eight goals and 15 assists in a superb Premier League campaign.

Now, pundit Keown has told the Daily Mail that Eriksen is the key player for Spurs despite being an unsung hero, but suggests that he simply can't afford to have even one bad game if Spurs are to really challenge for the title.

"The unsung hero in Spurs' attack," said Keown of Eriksen. "He had a couple of bad games towards the end of last season and if Spurs are to push the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City all the way, he cannot afford to have a single off day," he added.

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