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Mauricio Pochettino suggests Christian Eriksen is still one of the first names on Tottenham's team sheet

Mauricio Pochettino representing the Noah's Ark Children's Hospice attends BGC Charity Day at One Churchill Place on September 11, 2019 in London, England.

Christian Eriksen will be looking to start back-to-back games for the first time this season when Tottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace on home soil on Saturday afternoon.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur runs at Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in...

Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Christian Eriksen is still one of the first names on Tottenham's teamsheet after there was indecision about his future when the European transfer window was still open. 

In recent seasons, Eriksen has always been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Tottenham, but this term he has only started two out of four Premier League games.   

Pochettino made it clear that the club 'needed to sort out' Eriksen's situation at the end of the transfer window and he was satisfied that his player was in the 'right place to compete' hence his decision to start him against Arsenal. 

 

Speaking to Sky Sports News (12/09/2019 at 1:10 pm), Pochettino shared his thoughts on Eriksen, as he suggested that him not starting regularly was only down to him trying to 'sort out' the situation they found themselves in. 

Pochettino was asked 'For the past couple of seasons, Eriksen was one of the first names on the teamsheet, is now that still the case?'

He responded by saying, "Yes, but then explain why every single situation was completely different. A lot of situation we needed to sort [out] at the end of the transfer window. He was one of the cases.

"When you believe it's not the right way to perform than what we expect then sometimes we play with another [player]. That's why I say before the Arsenal game that we feel that he was in the right place to compete."

Christian Eriksen of Spurs follows up to score the first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London,...

Pochettino also told Sky Sports: "He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot. He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances."

Eriksen, who earns £75k-a-week at Spurs [Spotrac], is currently in the final year of his current deal [transfermarkt] and it wouldn't be a surprise if he isn't playing for the club next season. 

But regardless of what happens in January, or even next summer, Spurs will just be looking to get the best out of their player whilst he is here because he can help them secure another season in the Champions League, and potentially, lift a trophy at the end of the season. 

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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