By Will Butcher
Jermain Defoe has revealed that Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen wowed him on the training ground after signing from Ajax.
The Sunderland striker played for Spurs between 2009 and 2014, with Eriksen moving to North London in the summer of 2013.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday supplement, Defoe revealed that Eriksen blew him away after joining Spurs for £12.5million and compared to him to ex-Spurs star Gylfi Sigurdsson.
“Technically, Christian Eriksen is brilliant,” Defoe revealed. “When I was at Spurs they had Gylfi Sigurdsson and I thought he was technically fantastic.
“But then they signed Eriksen and I thought ‘wow’ in training. He’s a free-kick specialist, and he’s proved how good he is with some of the goals he’s scored for Spurs.”
The duo played together throughout the 2013-14 campaign, which saw Andre Villas Boas receive his marching orders in December 2013 to be replaced by Tim Sherwood.
Entering his fourth season with Spurs, Eriksen is a crucial cog in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham attack and has missed just two of Tottenham’s 20 fixtures this season.
The Danish international was on the score sheet for the 35th time in his Spurs career on Saturday, as he scored a cracking effort from the edge of the box in Spurs 2-1 loss to London rivals Chelsea.
Tottenham’s number 23 had a lasting impression on Defoe, who is in the middle of a relegation dogfight with Sunderland as they sit bottom of the Premier League despite scoring seven goals in 14 games.
In other Tottenham news, here are three things we learned from Chelsea’s 2-1 against Spurs.