Friday, 6 January 2017
All the talk at the moment is about Dele Alli and before that it was about Harry Kane. Christian Eriksen has stepped up to the plate lately with 5 goals and 6 assists in the last 5 games.
He set up both of Dele Alli's goals with delightful chips into the box to pick him out. That took his tally of assists since the start of last season to 20, only Mesut Ozil has more with 22. Eriksen has also chipped in with 11 goals in that time. No midfielder in the Premier League in 2016 was involved in more goals than Christian Eriksen (21). He scored 9 goals and had 12 assists.
Only Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (9) and WBA winger Matt Phillips (8) have provided more assists in the Premier League this season than Eriksen (7). Only twp people have created more chances than Eriksen (56) this season, Dimitri Payet (WHU 74) and Kevin de Bruyne (Man City 58).
Dele Alli - "They were great balls from Christian Eriksen and it's hard to miss when the balls are that good. That was a win for the fans."
Mauricio Pochettino targetted Eden Hazard as the defensive weak link. hazard has a role similar to that which we gave Greth Bale at one stage, when Clink Dempsey had to do a lot of his defensive work when he could. Bale had free reign to attack and leave some of his defensive duties, which put enormous pressure on Danny Rose and left him exposed many time.
Christian Eriksen exploited the soace left by Hazard and it was from that area that he produced his two chips for the two goals, where he had time and space to pick out his man. The Dane covered more ground than any other player 12.86km, Dele Alli 11.93km.
When he is in this kind of form he makes us tick, just need to add free-kick scoring to the repoitre now.