By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has hailed Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as the best advanced midfielder this season, claiming Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba haven’t been close.
The 25-year-old Denmark international has been in fine form this season and has played a huge role in helping Spurs to compete with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, many believe that Ozil has been way off song for the Gunners over the current campaign, while Pogba hasn’t justified his huge £89.3million price tag upon his return to England.
Former forward Nicholas would also agree with that view and he believes Tottenham ace Eriksen has far outperformed the duo for Mauricio Pochettino’s team this season.
“I’m not surprised by the stats but it does depend what you class a playmaker as, whether it’s a deep-lying midfielder like Michael Carrick or a more advanced player behind the striker,” told Nicholas, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“In terms of that more advanced role I would have to say it has been Eriksen this season. Mesut Ozil and Paul Pogba haven’t even been close and David Silva would be up there but I don’t think he’s had his best season.
“Fabregas is my personal favourite in that role and he plays it as well as anybody, but he hardly played at the start of the season so it’s not really fair to compare him, especially when he’s tended to start more against weaker sides.”
Eriksen has competed in 34 Premier League matches for Tottenham this season, returning eight goals and 12 assists.
It has marked another fine return for the Dane, who has is closing in on his fourth year at the club after joining from Ajax for £11million in the summer of 2013.
He will now be hoping to impress again in the next campaign as Spurs look to make more progress and attempt to win the title once again.
In other Tottenham news, Rio Ferdinand has labelled this Spurs attacker a “joke” for his form this year.