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Christian Eriksen: The most underrated player in the Premier League?

Friday 22nd September 2017
Back in 2013, Tottenham Hotspur made the move to bring in Christian Eriksen from Ajax. At the time, the attacking midfielder's stock was on the rise, and to this day I can't fathom how The Lilywhites had a free-run at signing one of the best talents in the game.

Now, four years later, he's an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino's brilliantly-gifted Spurs starting XI. Yet, for some bizarre reason, nobody is talking about just how good the 25-year-old is. I want to take a look at why the Dane has to be regarded as one of the best in England - and he certainly deserves a lot more credit than he's currently getting.
First of all, I'd just like to credit Daniel Levy. Eriksen cost Spurs a meagre £11.5million to acquire four years ago, which is an absolute steal for a player of his calibre. Now, if Tottenham were to cash in on their star man (which won't happen anytime soon), they'd probably get at least five times that fee.

In his last three full seasons for Spurs, Eriksen has missed just five games. That's such a small percentage of fixtures to be exempt from, and getting yourself out on the field is one of the most underrated and important aspects of the modern day footballer. He can be heavily relied upon, and Pochettino has a guy that'll keep himself in shape more often than not.

Statistics over the last three seasons (per transfermarkt)

2014/15: 48 appearances 12 goals, 5 assists.

2015/16: 47 appearances, 8 goals, 15 assists.

2016/17: 48 appearances, 12 goals, 23 assists.

The fact that he is playing close to fifty games a season is brilliant. What I find most intriguing is that he's improving year on year, and last season, he was nothing short of exceptional. A tally of 12 goals and 23 assists is up there with some of the best in the business, yet still, Eriksen just creeps under the radar for some reason.

If you're comparing him to the likes of Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City and Paul Pogba at Manchester United, I'd say that Eriksen has been just as good if not better than both of them. Alright, both of the aforementioned duo came in with much heftier price-tags, but out where it matters on the football field there is absolutely nothing to split them.

Even at Spurs, I feel he's underrated. All the attention is on Dele Alli because he's English and younger, but, as per usual, Eriksen just goes about his business as he helps his team deliver results. I genuinely feel that any team would be better off with Eriksen in their side, that's just how good of a footballer he is. The Dane always steps up when it matters most, and he's a delightful player to watch when in full flow.

On top of everything, he's been the consummate professional. In the modern game, it has become easy for professionals to kick up a fuss and demand a higher wage or a move elsewhere. Not Eriksen, he just goes about his business in the best way possible and that's a great testament to the character of the man.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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