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Christian Eriksen is becoming an increasingly influential player in the Spurs team.
Eriksen's stock at Tottenham went up in his absence in recent weeks.
After resting the Dane for Newcastle away, Sherwood stuck with the midfield that beat the Magpies 4-0 for the following couple of games. Understandable in the respect of wanting to stick to a winning team, it was a decision that failed to acknowledge the need for a different approach against different opposition (not to mention the need to rest others now).
In fairness to the manager, he brought Eriksen back for the second leg of Spurs' Europa League match with Dnipro in the round of 32.
It paid off. The attacking midfielder's creativity helped turn the tide in a tie going against them.
Forced out for Cardiff with a back injury, Eriksen was again missed.
Since returning from an ankle injury in December, Eriksen has relished the more involved role handed him by Sherwood. He was playing plenty under Andre Villas-Boas, too, but in the hole behind the striker, games had a tendency of passing Eriksen by.
Eriksen has played in central midfield proper and has been deployed from the left since then. A sense that defensive duties were not quite his style have seen him largely moved away from the former. The influence the 22-year-old wields in the pitch's busier areas—in a similar fashion to former-Spur Luka Modric—might warrant giving him another look there.
Wherever he plays, it is becoming increasingly clear that Tottenham are generally better off with Eriksen in their line-up than not.