What Christian Eriksen Brings to Tottenham
After a summer of huge shakeups at White Hart Lane, Tottenham's squad looks quite a bit different.
Instead, the side is filled with new talent and is more balanced at each position. In fact, in their most recent Premier League match, Tottenham started six players who weren't at the club last season.
However, with all of these moves coming in the span of just a few weeks, it is easy to overlook a few of the club's newest arrivals.
While Roberto Soldado's introduction is understandably getting attention due to Spurs' recent troubles at striker, and Paulinho's arrival has grabbed headlines due to his fine performances in the Confederations Cup and the large fee that he came with, a player that has drifted slightly under the radar is Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham's swoop for the Danish midfielder on deadline day was a master stroke from chairman Daniel Levy.
At just 21 years old, Eriksen has already made quite the impression in his career.
In the buildup to Euro 2012, the youngster was a key cog in Denmark's qualification past Portugal in their group. Further, his play at Dutch giants Ajax has helped the club to an incredible three consecutive Eredivisie titles.
Thanks to his fine play, Eriksen was continuously linked with a move away from the Netherlands over the past few years, with Manchester United (subscription required) and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as notable suitors.
But what will the youngster actually bring to this deep Spurs side?
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Christian Eriksen is a creative force from the middle of the park, something Tottenham has lacked since selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid last season.
His vision and passing is incredible, as the Dane's ability to methodically pick apart a defense has become evident.
Last season, an incredibly tough Champions League group pitted Eriksen's Ajax side with reigning Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga champions Manchester City, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. However, the young midfielder was able to rise above these odds, providing four assists and even scoring a goal in the six group matches.
Over the past few seasons, Christian Eriksen has shown the potential to be one of the top creative midfielders in the world.
If the young Dane can hit the ground running at White Hart Lane, he could prove to be Spurs' most important signing of the summer.
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