While he may have already scored three times in nine premier league games in 2013-14, it’s been a relatively subdued start to his second season at White Hart Lane for Christian Eriksen. Earlier in our campaign, the midfielder even received criticism from the Danish Coach but a former legend has given the player a far more positive backing ahead of this weekend’s return to domestic football.
“I think his first season with Tottenham was very, very good,” said Brian Laudrup on the club’s official website.
“If you look at when foreign players come to the Premier League it’s always a story of them having to adapt to life and football, but I think he’s settled in very well and delivered. He scored 10 goals last season and showed his quality.
“In Denmark I was asked about his second season and I said that I felt it was going to be difficult for him. The second season it always very difficult as the other teams know about your qualities. It’s going to be a tough season but he’s a very talented player.”
It’s actually one of the more interesting things to appear on the club website in recent months and the full transcript can be viewed here.
As for Eriksen, it’s easy to forget sometimes that he is still only 22 but is there a mere, second syndrome issue as Laudrup suggests or would you side with Danish coach Morten Olsen who claimed that the player should have developed a little further by now?