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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Should Eriksen be playing behind Kane?

Should Eriksen be playing behind Kane?

A remark on Twitter got me searching. Someone was complaining that Christian Eriksen isn't scoring goals and questioned whether he should be moved behind the striker. 

Eriksen scored no goals in the UEFA Europa League or the FA Cup and had no assists last season. In the League Cup transdermarkt tells us that he scored 2 goals from a left wing position and had 3 assists from a central midfield position. 

In the Premier League, the same source tells us that he scored 5 goals with 1 assist from the left of midfield position and 5 goals with 1 assist from the central attacking midfield position.

The output is basically the same.

Currently, Dele Alli is playing in the position behind Harry Kane and he has scored 3 goals  in the last 8 games there. Two of those have come from long Toby Alderweireld passes into the opposition area that Alli has run onto. They are opportunities we wouldn't have with Eriksen in the role.

The front four at Tottenham interchange so it really doesn't matter what position a player starts in. Would he create more if played centrally, the statistics suggest not and as he doesn't overtake Harry Kane much he, in theory, reduces our goal threat playing there. You need a player with his creative ability there, but they also have to be prepared to be the main striker when Kane drops or pulls wide and Eriksen does not have the game for that. 

He likes to stay behind the ball, in that position you need a player happy to go beyond it. It is the one aspect that holds his game back from going to the very very top level.

With the players we have at our disposal I feel Eriksen is best deployed on the left where he is playing at the moment.




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  1. I have nothing to back this up but my feeling is that Eriksen is more effective on the left because he then is more likely to interchange with the other 2 players behind Kane. Whereas, when he starts centrally he tends to stay there, causing congestion when one of the wide players and his defender come to the middle as well.

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  2. I have nothing to back this up but my feeling is that Eriksen is more effective on the left because he then is more likely to interchange with the other 2 players behind Kane. Whereas, when he starts centrally he tends to stay there, causing congestion when one of the wide players and his defender come to the middle as well.

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