Adrian Clarke looks at the key tactical battles in Matchweek 18.
Across the last five Premier League matches, three of which Eriksen started, he has conjured up an impressive four assists, as well as the late winner last weekend against Burnley.
In a season in which he has started only nine matches, Eriksen’s end product has been great.
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Eriksen’s versatility adds to his value. He can play in any of the three attacking midfield positions, or deeper if required.
Spurs’ last five fixtures show this.
Against Chelsea and Arsenal he performed a disciplined job on the left of a midfield diamond. At home to Southampton he enjoyed a free No 10 role, while as a substitute against Leicester and Burnley, the Dane was on both the left and right wings.
Wherever he plays, Eriksen creates chances from open play.
He is also a wizard from dead-ball situations. Four of his six assists have come from set-pieces.
This flexibility allows Pochettino to experiment with different formations.
Eriksen's 26 key passes and six assists are more than any Spurs team-mate, but until last Saturday he had not been his usual self in front of goal.
Eriksen’s added-time winner against Burnley was his first Premier League goal of 2018/19 and he has registered a low 5.6 per cent chance-conversion rate.
Too many of his efforts this season have been from long range.
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|Mins per shot||49.3|
To improve that total Eriksen must burst into the penalty area more often.
His energy regularly lifts his side, so if he can replicate the runs into the penalty area he made against Inter and Burnley, don't be surprised if Eriksen adds to his solitary goal on Sunday.
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