By Danny Wright
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has claimed that a player like Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is “difficult” to defend against after he scored a hat-trick for Denmark on Tuesday night.
Eriksen, 25, was in stunning form as he helped the Danes to a 5-1 win against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, which booked his nation’s spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after winning the two-legged play-off.
Although Ireland struck first through Shane Duffy, goals from Andreas Christiansen and Nicklas Bendtner added to Eriksen’s hat-trick in what was a convincing win for the Scandinavian nation.
Ex-Wales international Hartson has admitted that he was blown away by the calibre of Eriksen’s second strike and claims it would have been tough for the Irish to keep the Spurs ace quiet on the night.
“Just seen Eriksen hat-trick.. difficult to defend against that quality of player.. second goal is class,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.
Just seen Eriksen Hatrick.. difficult to defend against that quality of player.. 2nd goal is class !
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) November 14, 2017
Eriksen has been in stunning form for both club and country this season, making 15 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in the process.
He netted an impressive 11 goals for Denmark in their World Cup qualifying campaign, a tally that was only beaten by Poland’s Robert Lewandowski and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the European section of qualifying.
The ex-Ajax ace will now no doubt be turning his attention towards Saturday when Tottenham return to Premier League action with a North London derby clash against Arsenal at the Emirates.
In other Tottenham news, ex-Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas believes this Spurs star was left frustrated by his team-mates.