By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the performances of star midfielder Christian Eriksen but says that he wants more.
The 24-year-old attacking-midfielder has been one of Tottenham’s top performers this season, contributing seven goals and nine assists from 28 appearances in all competitions.
His performances have seen Tottenham rise to third in the Premier League, where they are undefeated in their last seven outings.
However, while the Denmark international is already within touching distance of his return from last season, Pochettino has challenged him to prove he can be even better.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he insisted that he should not hold anything back, and prove that he deserves to be recognised as a world-class player.
He said: “He has showed very good performances in the last few months and we are very happy.
“But it is true, always in football it is never enough and he can improve.
“I think he is one of the best creative players in the Premier League but that doesn’t mean he cannot achieve a better level. We are here to push him to improve every day and achieve a different level.”
Eriksen is unlikely to play a significant role as Tottenham take on Wycombe in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, with Pochettino likely to field a second-string side.
Spurs kick-off their Europa League knockout-round campaign against KAA Gent next month, and Pochettino will be taking every opportunity to rest his players ahead of the first-leg clash on February 16.
Pochettino’s side must also negotiate a tricky trip to Anfield against title rivals Liverpool just five days before they travel to Belgium.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs youngster Luke Amos has joined Southend on loan until the end of the season.