By Will Butcher
Phil Neville believes Christian Eriksen has finally started to show the form that he is capable of at Tottenham this season.
BBC pundit Neville believes the 24-year-old attacking midfielder had struggled to find rhythm at the start of the season, but is starting to prove his true class after scoring a brace in Spurs’ 3-0 thrashing of Hull City.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day on Wednesday night, Neville claimed the Denmark international has started to find his feet at White Hart Lane despite a sticky start to the season.
“In my opinion, Eriksen has had a disappointing start to the season,” Nevilles declared. “But in recent games he has started to hit form.
“He’s a silky player, he operates between the holes and creates plenty of chances. Now he’s finding the net he is becoming a better player, and tonight showed that with his goals.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured their third win in four games with a comfortable victory on Wednesday night against the relegation candidates.
Eriksen broke the deadlock with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net from close range, before tapping in during the second half after good work from Kyle Walker.
Eriksen has never scored a Premier League hat-trick and the former Ajax star had the chance to grab the match ball from a free-kick.
However, his effort was tipped onto the post by goalkeeper David Marshall before Victor Wanyama tapped in the rebound.
Tottenham’s number 23 has scored seven goals this season, providing another four in assists and will play an integral part in Spurs’ successes over the Christmas break.
However, Neville could be on to something as five of those goals have come in his last five appearances, with the 66-time international scoring just twice in his opening 17 games.
Since his move from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2013, Eriksen has scored 37 goals and added the same amount in assists during his 153 league and cup appearances.
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