Tottenham great Micky Hazard has revealed what makes Christen Eriksen such an effective player and highlighted his importance to the team in Spurs' match day programme, via Football Insider.
Eriksen has been a dominant force both attacking and defending in the last two seasons, which have seen the North London club go from a standard top six place to back to back title contenders.
Hazard, who played in midfield for both Tottenham and Chelsea, hailed Eriksen’s natural attacking ability, but picked out his improved defensive game which has been key to getting wins.
In a section of the program against Southampton on Sunday Hazard said: “He’s a young guy but he’s a good footballer and while you develop your football brain as you progress, it’s there from the start.
“Christian plays with flair but the area that he continues to develop and grow in is the defensive side of the game in midfield.
“When you look at him, he almost does the attacking part of his game instinctively and that comes from his football intelligence, but the defensive side is an area that he’s worked on, meaning there’s a lot more to come from him.
“I fully expect to see him keep developing, keep on growing and add other aspects to his game that will make him an even better all-round player.”
Eriksen opened the scoring against the Saints taking his total to six goals and 10 assists in 27 league appearances so far this season. Being a lethal set piece taker has also made him extremely prolific in front of goal and this new found defensive form will help to see out those wins.
While Spurs’ good performances may go to waste this season with Chelsea leading them by 10 points, his continued improvement will see them challenging a lot more next season in all competitions.