By Alex Taylor
Chrsitian Eriksen has been dropped for Tottenham’s clash with Sunderland on Sunday afternoon – and there has been a mixed response from fans on Twitter.
Spurs have dropped the creative midfielder as one of three changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko all come in to the team while Erik Lamela, Eriksen and Ben Davies all drop to the bench.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2016
In an unexpected reshuffle, Jan Vertonghen is switched to left-back, with Eric Dier dropping back from central midfield to the centre-back position.
Some supporters took to social media to criticise the decision while other fans were content with the switch around.
Here is a collection of the messages in Twitter in response to Eriksen being dropped:
Jesus Christ and eriksen isn't starting. Good bye undefeated record
— Matt Atkinson (@Matty_Atk) September 18, 2016
WHY DROP ERIKSEN
— Obe (@delewelli) September 18, 2016
The bench is ridiculously strong but why drop Lamela and Eriksen? Doesn't make sense
— Kene (@DeadlyAlli) September 18, 2016
After watching the lazy Eriksen on wed not surprised he has been dropped
— Andy-THFC/MB20 (@andynolanmb20) September 18, 2016
Son over Eriksen? nah
— . (@CaptainEriksen) September 18, 2016
I like that bench tho. Bringing Eriksen, lamela and janssen on at some point could be absolutely terrifying
— ㅤ (@ManLikeEriksen) September 18, 2016
Spurs have played Sunderland 116 times in total, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side winning 49 games, drawing 30 and losing 37.
The north London outfit will be in confident mood going into the match having won seven of their last eight meetings against Sunderland.
Tottenham have enjoyed a strong start to their 2016-17 Premier League season, and currently sit seventh in the table with the potential to finish the day in third place.
They have already beaten Crystal Palace and Stoke this term along with taking a point away from Everton and Liverpool.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs have revived talks with Harry Kane on a new £110,000-a-week contract, Football Insider sources understand.