Pochettino: This Tottenham assists master needs to go to the next level
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has urged Christian Eriksen to take his game to the next level at Tottenham despite his excellent form over the last month.
The Denmark international began the season slowly but has moved through the gears to the point where he has been back to something approaching his best in recent weeks.
Eriksen, 24, teed up both of the headed goals by Dele Alli in Spurs’ landmark 2-0 midweek win over bitter rivals Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
It was his latest decisive contribution in a period in which the north Londoners have won five consecutive Premier League matches to climb to within seven points of leader Chelsea.
But Spurs manager Pochettino is looking for more from the playmaker.
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“He’s another player who has the potential to improve and we need to push him to get to another level,” the Argentine said of Eriksen, as quoted by the official Spurs website. “He’s a very talented player. I’m very happy with him. In the last few months he’s improved a lot in his game and in his belief. We are pleased with how he’s improving this season.”
In 26 matches in all competitions this season, Eriksen has scored seven goals and supplied eight assists.
His contribution of seven Premier League assists is bettered in the top flight this season only by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (nine) and West Brom’s Matt Phillips (eight).
Since joining Tottenham from Ajax in the summer of 2013, the attacking midfielder has scored 37 goals and supplied an impressive 41 assists in all competitions.
In other Tottenham news, the club have agreed the January transfer of a brilliant striker.