By Harvey Byrne
Former England manager turned Sky Sports pundit Steve McClaren has told how Christian Eriksen is now proving him wrong with Tottenham.
The 25-year-old Denmark international made the switch to England and north London in the summer of 2013 from Ajax for a fee of £11million.
He was highly thought of in Holland and McClaren was working at FC Twente while Eriksen was starting to breakthrough and shine.
However, the former England boss said he was unsure whether Eriksen had the physicality to play in England’s top-flight at first.
But, he has also told how Eriksen has progressed since then and he is now “strong,” “quick” and influences games “enormously.”
“For me Eriksen typifies what Tottenham have done over the last two or three years because I knew him in Holland,” told McClaren to Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily show on Monday morning.
“Nice technical player, very good, very good. Physically, I said the Premier League not too sure.
“Physically you see him now. He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s outpacing players, he’s been decisive, he’s been the player he was at Ajax at Tottenham now in influencing games enormously and I think Tottenham have grown from that and I think Arsenal are going the other way.”
Eriksen has played 176 times for Tottenham in total since his move four years a go, returning 42 goals and 54 assists.
This season he has starred in 33 of their 34 Premier League matches, providing 13 assists and scoring eight himself and he has been key as the north London club challenge for the title with four matches to go.
It is expected that he will line-up against West Ham at the London Stadium next on Friday as Spurs look to plug the gap on Chelsea, who will face Middlesbrough the following Monday.
In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness has told how this Spurs youngster is destined for the top.