Christian Eriksen scored yet another late goal for Spurs on Saturday, helping his side to defeat Sunderland 2-1.

It’s the fourth time that the Dane has scored a late winner for Tottenham in the Premier League this season, after previous strikes against Hull, Swansea and Leicester.

The midfielder struggled to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino’s methods at the start of the season but as time has gone on he’s become an increasingly important figure for the Argentinian manager. Pochettino is noted for the high levels of fitness that he instills in his players and in Eriksen’s case it’s definitely paying off.

In all four of the games in which Eriksen has scored the winning goal he’s also covered the most km during the 90 minutes. What’s more there seems to be an upward trend in distance Eriksen is covering.

In the game against Hull in November, Eriksen ran 11.74km but by Boxing Day it was up to a high of 12.86km against Leicester. This high was no anomaly, as he recorded a distance of 12.67km against Sunderland, just short of his best.

Once regarded as something of luxury player, Eriksen is now proving that he’s fit and strong enough to put in the graft that wins games.

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  1. Im not sure you can give Pochettino the credit for Eriksens endurance. If you take a look at last season, you’d realize that more often than not he topped the distance covered for Tottenham (As he did in Ajax before and continues to do for his national team)

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