Christian Eriksen is a player whose best work can often pass under the radar. While Dele Alli’s nutmegs, Mousa Dembele’s dribbles and Harry Kane’s goals always catch the eye, Eriksen can sometimes pass through games relatively unnoticed, while pulling many of the strings that make this Spurs team tick.
One man who clearly appreciates Eriksen is Mauricio Pochettino. The following image shows every team named by Poch since taking over the club in 2014 and Eriksen’s name appears more than any other outfield player.
Unsurprisingly it is Tottenham’s goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, who with 72 appearances has been Pochettino’s most often used player, but Eriksen is not far behind on 70. Harry Kane (66) and Eric Dier (62) are his nearest outfield challengers.
At a time when Eriksen has turned down a new contract offer from the club, his importance to Pochettino is clear. The Dane currently earns £30,000 a week and it’s not difficult to see why he might think he deserves to be one of the biggest earners at the club.