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Why Eriksen could be a real bargain for Tottenham

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Ajax have announced that they have given Tottenham permission to speak to Christian Eriksen. At the age of just 21-years-old, Eriksen offers so much potential. Back in 2010, at only 18, he was the youngest player in the World Cup, and now, three years later, he has already earned 34 caps for Denmark, as well racking up over 150 games for his club side.

Eriksen is a real treat to watch, he has a fluidity and style in his actions combined with superb technical ability. Physically he is a light player but he compensates for this weakness with pace, technique and clever positioning. His vision, quality of passing and ability to go forward has already seen parallels being made with Ajax stars of the past such as Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart.

Last season, he scored 10 goals in 33 Eredivisie games, grabbing 17 assists and he’s already started the 2013/14 campaign in similar fashion, with two goals and three assists in his opening four league games.

His current record speaks for itself, clearly the young Dane is a huge creative talent. This term he has already registered an average pass accuracy of 86%, whilst fashioning 12 opportunities in front of goal for his teammates. Eriksen currently ranks second in the Dutch Eredivisie considering his Squawka performance and total assists. Clearly he is one of the more adept players in the division.

Tottenham are obviously targeting him in an attempt to replace Gareth Bale. In terms of chances created and goals scored last campaign, Bale carried a heavy load for Spurs. The Welshman scored 21 Premier League goals in total and contributed with 75, of Spurs' 511, key passes.

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Christian Eriksen Key Passes v Roda

Furthermore, although Spurs are set capture Erik Lamela, they need a player who can create in central areas, in order to maximise the ability of Roberto Soldado. If we look at the above and below diagrams, Eriksen can be trusted to create in central areas and has the ability to make a pass in the final third. This is an invaluable asset, especially in the Premier League, as many teams may pack-up their defences in order to contain Spurs. However, one concern regarding Eriksen is how much time he spends on the ball. In the Dutch League, the tempo is far slower than the tempo in the Premier League. This means Eriksen will have to see and execute his key passes quickly, or he will be challenged or closed down. This is the biggest challenge the 21-year-old will face, should his move to Spurs go through.

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Eriksen is a fantastic prospect and it’s clear to see why Andre Villas Boas is so keen to secure his signature before the transfer window closes. £12 million is a bargain and it will be money well spent if the Dane can live up to his potential. In terms of replacing the attacking influence lost with Bale’s departure, Eriksen is certainly a step in the right direction and I for one cannot wait to see him in the Premier League.

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