COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Christian Eriksen should be dropped from the Tottenham starting eleven against Monaco following a mediocre start to the season.
The 24-year-old has started 16 out of the 18 Spurs fixtures this season, but has a paltry return of just three assists and two goals.
After 16 appearances last season he had five assists and three goals and there would have been hope that the young Denmark international could have improved from the previous campaign.
Much was made of star forward Harry Kane being burned out from the high amount of fixtures he played in for Tottenham in the last campaign, but Eriksen hasn’t been afforded the same excuse.
The attacking midfield star played in 47 fixtures for Mauricio Pochettino’s team last season and has also played in eight fixtures for national side Denmark since October 2015.
Adding those alongside the 16 starts this season the attacker has played in 71 fixtures since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, almost playing two seasons worth of Premier League football already.
With Tottenham’s aspirations of cementing their place into England’s top four and possibly mounting a title push they can’t afford to keep a possibly exhausted player in their starting eleven.
It is also a big week for Spurs with a clash against Monaco on Tuesday, which could see them eliminated from the competition and an encounter against table-toppers and London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
Pochettino certainly isn’t short of attacking midfielders at the club and the manager could call on Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, or Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to replace Eriksen in the line-up.
Although the Denmark international is a possible game changer for his side, he may contribute more to the team with time out of the starting line-up.
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