By Dominic Toner
Garth Crooks has hailed the qualities of Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, but feels he does not demand the spotlight in the same way as former stars Paul Gascoigne and Glenn Hoddle.
The 25-year-old has become a crucial player for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season and is a great attacking threat.
He produced one of the assists of the season at the weekend for Dele Alli’s goal in the FA Cup semi-final, but was unable to prevent Chelsea prevailing 4-2 at Wembley.
However, Eriksen’s performance was noticed by BBC pundit Crooks and he named him in his team of the week.
Crooks believes that Eriksen goes about his business in a different way to Spurs legends Gascoigne and Hoddle, who both dazzled White Hart Lane with their skills in the past.
“I have seldom seen players who have such technical ability and yet remain so unobtrusive,” Crooks told BBC Sport. “Former Spurs players who have adopted the mantle of playmaker, like Paul Gascoigne and Glenn Hoddle for example, would demand the spotlight and if they weren’t getting it they would do something quite extraordinary to ensure they did.
“Not so with Christian Eriksen. Here is a lovely, almost gentle, footballer who goes about his work with the minimum of fuss. I have seen him produce wonderful moments in a game but nothing was as beautiful as the ball he produced for Dele Alli to equalise against Chelsea.”
Eriksen has managed to be a key figure at White Hart Lane this season in a tam that has many standout performers.
The attacking midfielders has made 43 appearances across all competitions this campaign, scoring 11 goals and supplying 20 assists in return.
Harry Kane and Alli have benefited from the pinpoint service of Eriksen, who has a brilliant cross into the penalty area.
Eriksen’s performances this season and have not gone unnoticed across Europe, with Spanish giants Barcelona sending scouts to watch him ahead of a potential summer move.