Darren Bent has urged Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to bring Christian Eriksen back into the starting XI for the club’s crunch clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says that the attacking midfielder is the sort of player who can make a serious difference against Jurgen Klopp’s men and that he must be included from the first minute.
Eriksen started Tuesday’s win over Red Star Belgrade on the substitutes’ bench, Pochettino choosing to leave him there for the full 90 minutes as the Lilywhites ran out 5-0 winners.
Bent insists that the midfield who started on Tuesday, which saw Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele line up behind Dele Alli, was solid but lacking the creative spark to really hurt stronger opponents like the Reds.
Bent told Football Insider: “I just worry when Spurs play with that midfield of Ndombele and Sissoko and maybe one like Dele Alli in front of them, yeah they look solid, I just worry about creativity.
“I think you need something a little bit more. When you come up against better opposition I know it’s good not to get beat and you want it solid but I would still like to see a little bit more creativity on the pitch.
“This weekend I think they’re going to need to find a way of getting Dele Alli on the pitch and Christian Eriksen. When you’ve got those two players on the pitch and Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, I think the balance is a lot better and you get a lot more creativity.”
Eriksen has been in and out the Spurs side this season, starting five of his club’s nine league games, missing the 1-1 draw with Watford completely.
He has 288 appearances under his belt since joining the Lilywhites, with plenty of speculation over his future as he heads into the final months of his contract in north London.
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