The surprise stat that underlines Christian Eriksen's Tottenham importance

Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley...

The Tottenham midfielder's influence comes as a result of both his quality and his effort.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino leads a training session at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on September 12, 2017 on the...Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino leads a training session at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on September 12, 2017 on the...

Mauricio Pochettino has helped cultivate one of the hardest working sides in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur. The Argentine has pushed his players from top four nearlymen to genuine title challengers, with high octane pressing throughout his lineups central to their success.

And attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen is one of those who has most impressed in recent seasons, as he has become more and more influential under the former Southampton boss.

Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley...Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley...

Sky Sports has reported that Eriksen was one of the hardest workers when it came to covering distance in the Premier League last season, running 431km over 36 appearances.

That was more than any other player in the division except former Tottenham star and current Everton record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson - playing for Swansea City.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur contest a corner during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9,...Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur contest a corner during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9,...

The classy Dane is more known for his pinpoint delivery and technical quality in the attacking third than the more unfashionable side of the game, but this impressive fitness proves that the 25-year-old really is a manager's dream - hugely hard working and hugely talented.

Tottenham will need Eriksen to be at his energetic - and creative - best when they take on West Ham on Saturday, as they look to put a disappointing home draw against Swansea last time out past them.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur...Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur...

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