Danny Murphy: This Tottenham player is on fire (not Alli)
By Matt Bullin
Ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has praised Christian Eriksen’s recent form and has put it down to the new formation that Mauricio Pochettino has got his side playing.
The 25-year-old scored his 10th goal of the season in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane with a lovely left-footed strike from just outside the area.
“He’s just got better and better really,” Murphy said speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2 show on Sunday night.
“I think earlier in the season, I and a few others were a bit critical of him – in the bigger games he didn’t quite do enough.
“But now he’s having his most productive season yet – when you look at the numbers.”
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The Dane now has 10 goals and 16 assists in 38 league and cup appearances and is enjoying life playing in Pochettino’s 3-4-2-1, which incorporates two wing-backs.
The formation sees Eriksen line up alongside Dele Alli in a two behind the striker – a much freer role for the midfielder, which sees him roam across his opponent’s defensive line.
“He’s on fire at the moment,” Murphy said of Eriksen.
“I think the new system’s helping him. The new formation with the wing-backs higher up the pitch means he can venture infield more.”
Spurs fans and Pochettino alike will be hoping that Eriksen continues his sparkling form as they enter a crucial run-in to the end of the season with top-four spots up for grabs.
Tottenham are currently in pole position to claim a Champions League spot, as they sit in second place in the league, seven points ahead of Manchester United in fifth, and nine points ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal.
Arsenal have a game in hand but are suffering a torrid run of form and they look like finishing below Spurs for the first time since the 1994/95 season.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino delivers his verdict on Dele Alli’s performance v Southampton.