By Richard Parks
Slaven Bilic has told his West Ham team they must snuff out Tottenham “unsung hero” Christian Eriksen in Saturday’s London derby.
Bilic namechecked the Denmark international, 25, as Spurs’ dangerman ahead of more likely candidates such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Eriksen has firmly established himself as a key man at White Hart Lane since joining in the summer of 2013 but does not have the same profile as some of his teammates.
West Ham manager Bilic is in no doubt about Eriksen’s pedigree ahead of the Premier League clash at London Stadium on Saturday.
“They have many excellent players but the one who is maybe the unsung hero is Christian Eriksen,” said Bilic of Tottenham in his Evening Standard column.
“I don’t want to say he is under-rated because everyone in Europe is aware of the talent that he possesses.
“Apart from being a vital link in their team, he is also making clever little moves into pockets of space or into the box.
“He is clinical in those situations. If you ball watch for a second or two, he is gone. He has wonderful movement with or without the ball.”
Eriksen has started all six of Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League matches this season and was given a rest in midweek for the League Cup win against second-tier Barnsley.
He has scored once, and supplied an impressive four assists to enhance his reputation as one of the most creative players in the English top flight.
In 185 appearances for Tottenham, Eriksen has scored 43 goals and supplied 60 assists.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky pundit has claimed that Spurs’ players didn’t want to pass to one teammate during their draw against Swansea.