Harry Winks' emergence means return to deep-lying role for Christian Eriksen is unlikely

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts

The Tottenham Hotspur play-maker is not performing anywhere near his best but now has increased competition for a deep-lying role.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen reacts

It is fair to say that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is not having a great season, failing to replicate his best form and coming in for plenty of criticism from a section of fans.

It has not been all bad for the Danish international, whose performances as a deep-lying midfielder against Manchester City and Middlesbrough suggested that was the position to reenergise the 24-year-old.

However, since then he has returned to a more attacking role and the emergence of Harry Winks suggests Eriksen may struggle to get more chances in a role that could have seen him dominate Spurs games as Luka Modric did before him.

With Winks showing he has the talent and the confidence to play for Tottenham’s senior side in big games, he is now set to compete with Mousa Dembele for a starting spot alongside Victor Wanyama, meaning that Eriksen either has to up his game in the attacking third or risk dropping out of the side altogether.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen applauds fans after the game

If Tottenham make a move for Isco in January – and it remains a big if – Eriksen may have to get used to a prolonged spell on the bench.

He could have dropped further back, but Winks has now thrown his name into the proverbial hat and on Saturday’s evidence he rightfully deserves his place.

Tottenham's Harry Winks celebrates scoring their first goal

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