By Richard Parks
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Christian Eriksen’s stunning transformation at Tottenham from a “nice player” to a “ruthless” operator who can design matches and rip opponents to shreds.
The big-name Sky Sports pundit and ex-Spurs player has been blown away by the improvement of the Denmark international during his five years at the club.
Eriksen, 26, stepped up in the absence of injured Harry Kane and omitted Dele Alli on Saturday to score twice as Spurs beat Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium to progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
“Christian Eriksen has reached another level with Spurs this season,” Redknapp wrote in his weekly Mail column. “He has gone from a nice player to a ruthless playmaker who thrives when running games.
Eriksen is as important to Mauricio Pochettino as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min. As Swansea discovered to their peril on Saturday, give him time and space and he will destroy you.”
The Daily Star claim that Eriksen’s salary at Spurs is worth £75,000-a-week.
Football Insider verdict:
What a player Eriksen has become. Only perhaps Kane is more important to the Spurs side, only Mousa Dembele as consistently capable of running a game. The great Dane is a brilliant footballer with an ice-cold edge. In a good way. He can kill opponents with an eye-of-the-needle pass, a deadly set-piece or a clinical finish. All while looking like it really is not very much effort at all. Little wonder he is one of the first names on the teamsheet. Others are rested and given breathers, but when Eriksen is fit, he plays. Pochettino can’t do without him.
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