Better than Bale and Hazard! The stats that show why Spurs star is one of the world’s best

first_imgAsk any Tottenham fan for their player of the year and the answer is likely to be Harry Kane, but beyond the man mountain striker, there has been one twinkle-toed schemer who has been the heartbeat of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.That man is Christian Eriksen.Snapped up from under the noses of Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer of 2013, Eriksen first sprang into the wider European consciousness by giving Jack Wilshere a lesson in midfield creativity as Denmark played England in a friendly some two-years previous.From then Eriksen was a wanted man, and his club Ajax eventually relented from pressure to sell, with Spurs the victors.If his debut season in England was a sometimes difficult – although impressive – learning curve, now in his second campaign, the Dane looks like he was made to play in the Premier League.This weekend sees Eriksen turn 23 years old, a surprisingly young age for a player who has shown such maturity in his game, but in terms of his more recent development, is he really all that? Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen The answer, as can be seen above is a pretty unequivocal ‘yes’, when compared to how every player to play in the Premier League has performed up until their 23rd birthday.In such a comparatively short amount of time, Eriksen has been incredibly productive across his 50 league appearances in the English top flight.While hitting ten assists has been a good return, it has been his goalscoring that has stood out, with the playmaker finding the net 16 times for Spurs. To put that into perspective, his goals-per-game rate stands at 0.36, or roughly a goal every three league matches – a statistic that is head and shoulders above Gareth Bale, better than Eden Hazard and is only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo.Spurs fans, how good do you think Christian Eriksen could be? Comment below… 2 2last_img

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