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Eriksen form can exploit Sunderland struggles

The Scout 28 Jan 2017
Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs midfielder can rival in-demand team-mate Dele Alli for big FPL returns in Gameweek 23

A trip to bottom-of-the-table Sunderland affords Christian Eriksen (£8.7m) the opportunity to extend his recent Fantasy Premier League output.

Having mustered just three assists in the opening 12 Gameweeks, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has since shown explosive form, with five goals and eight assists in his last 10 outings.

When assessed against his previous displays, the Dane’s FPL potential has clearly progressed over that spell.

Per match statistics GW's 1-12 GW's 13-22
Goal attempts 3.5 4.3
Penalty area attempts 1.1 0.9
Goal attempts on target 1.1 1.6
Chances created 2.4 3.4
ICT Index 8.5 12.0
FPL Points 3.3 8.6

Eriksen’s average of 4.3 attempts on goal is up from 3.5 over the opening 12 rounds of fixtures.

Although his shots inside the box have slightly dipped (from 1.1 to 0.9), the playmaker’s accuracy is on the rise, from 1.1 efforts on target to 1.6.

He has been more creative, too, recording 3.4 key passes compared with 2.4 beforehand.

Christian Eriksen, Spurs
Christian Eriksen has produced six double-digit FPL returns in the last 10 Gameweeks

Crucially, in terms of FPL returns, Eriksen has averaged an impressive 8.6 points from Gameweek 13 onwards, serving up double-digit hauls on six of 10 occasions.

He managed just 3.3 points per appearance over Spurs’ first 12 matches.

Over those last 10 Gameweek appearances, Eriksen’s total of 34 key passes is at least double the number of any team-mate aside from right-back Kyle Walker (£6.2m), who has produced 18.

Eriksen is also ranked first for total attempts (43) and second only to Harry Kane (£11.2m) for shots on target, by 16 to 19, within Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.

Yet the recent form of Dele Alli (£8.8m) has somewhat overshadowed Eriksen's rise.

After scoring eight goals in his last six matches, Alli has been acquired by 93,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 23, more than any other midfielder; Eriksen has found his way into just over 31,000 new squads by comparison.

Both Alli and Eriksen look poised to punish Sunderland.

The Black Cats are second only to Hull City for shots conceded inside the penalty area, with David Moyes' defence hampered by injury and suspension ahead of Tuesday evening’s encounter.

Should Eriksen deliver another convincing return, it would heighten his appeal ahead of White Hart Lane encounters with Middlesbrough and Stoke City in the next four rounds of fixtures.

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