Hazard: Tottenham star has made this huge improvement to his game, will keep getting better
By Danny Wright
Micky Hazard has highlighted the importance of Christian Eriksen to Tottenham and said he will keep getting better as a player.
Eriksen has been a key player in the Spurs side for the past two seasons as they turned from perennial underachievers to potential title-challengers.
Hazard, once a player for Chelsea and Tottenham, believes that there is a clear improvement in the 25-year-old’s defensive work this season and has lauded his impressive natural ability to attack with the ball.
With 16 assists in all competitions for the north London club this season, there’s no question about Tottenham star’s attacking nous, but Hazard thinks that his work off the ball is what has helped Maurico Pochettino’s side become one of the Premier League’s biggest forces.
“He’s a young guy but he’s a good footballer and while you develop your football brain as you progress, it’s there from the start,” said Hazard in the Tottenham matchday programme ahead of Sunday’s clash against Southampton.
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“Christian plays with flair but the area that he continues to develop and grow in is the defensive side of the game in midfield.
“When you look at him, he almost does the attacking part of his game instinctively and that comes from his football intelligence, but the defensive side is an area that he’s worked on, meaning there’s a lot more to come from him.
“I fully expect to see him keep developing, keep on growing and add other aspects to his game that will make him an even better all-round player.”
Since arriving at White Hart Lane from Ajax in 2013, Eriksen has become one of Europe’s top assist-makers and has set up 49 goals for his teammates in 169 appearances across all competitions.
The Danish international is also deadly at set-pieces, whether it be corners and free-kicks, and has scored a total of 40 goals for the club.
He opened the scoring against the Saints on Sunday as Spurs went on to secure a 2-1 victory.
Tottenham, despite all their good form this campaign, are 10 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea in second place.
In other Tottenham news, the parents of this 20-year-old are reportedly pursuing action after a contract blunder.