'I wasn't that good' - Tottenham ace Eriksen makes honest admission
By Danny Wright
Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen has admitted that he didn’t feel like he was doing well when he first arrived at Ajax earlier in his career.
Eriksen, 25, joined the Dutch giants at the age of 16 when he left his native Denmark for Amsterdam and has revealed that he had help from Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp in linking up with strikers.
That training has no doubt seen Eriksen turn into a crucial player in the current Spurs team, which has relied upon star striker Harry Kane to find the goals.
The Denmark international is a regular feature on the scoresheet too, but his partnership with Kane and fellow attacking midfielder Dele Alli has been one of the major driving forces behind Tottenham’s rise to the top.
Eriksen believes that the influence of Bergkamp’s training drills has helped mould him into the player that he is today.
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“I definitely think it shaped me as a player,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “I felt I was good in Denmark, but I wasn’t that good when I arrived at Ajax.”
“In my first year at Ajax we had some sessions with Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk.”
“We did this passing drill with a striker from the team. We worked on certain movements, learning how to measure his runs and then passing the ball to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment.
“Even then, you could always see Dennis’s charisma and confidence on the ball. He always knew how to take his first touch and where the ball needed to end up afterwards.”
Eriksen has been in stunning form for Spurs this season, making 15 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in the process.
He will no doubt currently be focused on international duty at the time being as Denmark prepare for the second leg of their World Cup qualifier play-off with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.
Neither team managed to score in the opening tie in Copenhagen, meaning there is everything to play for in Dublin.
In other Tottenham news, Charlie Nicholas has claimed that this Spurs player has been frustrated by his team-mates.