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Christian Eriksen has to be Tottenham's number 10

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On Sunday evening, when the rain was lashing down and legs were tiring, one player stepped up and changed the game in Tottenham's favour. For the second time in three weeks, Christian Eriksen scored a late winner from a central position and gave an insight into how the Lilywhites' future should shape up.

The Dane's time in North London has been interesting, to say the least. A late recruit as Tottenham splurged the Gareth Bale money on a series of average players, it was surprising that Spurs faced such little competition for the signature of a player who had shined so brightly at Ajax.

Goals

After 32 goals in 162 games for the Dutch giants, Eriksen joined a Tottenham side that struggled under Andre Villas-Boas before the Portugese manager was fired. In came Tim Sherwood, and Eriksen began to shine, ending the season with ten goals in all competitions and being increasingly central to Tottenham victories and better performances.

Then Sherwood was let go, Mauricio Pochettino joined and Eriksen went through another period of upheaval. As Spurs laboured, so Eriksen suffered, culminating in a half-time withdrawal in the 2-1 home defeat to Stoke. There was also criticism from Denmark manager Morten Olsen, who blamed Eriksen for a last-gasp defeat to Portugal.

Skill

Since then, Eriksen has come to the fore, coincidentally coming up with the goods late on. Deceptively skilful, with a fantastic right foot and vision and technique to create as well as score, the 22-year-old has shown that he can not only perform in a central position but prove decisiveness in the outcome of matches.

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With Pochettino trying to play both Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado upfront, and Eriksen on the lightweight side, the Argentine has ended up pushing Eriksen out wide but as Soldado continutes to struggle for goals Pochettino should look for a change.

Formation

Erik Lamela is still adapting to English football, while Aaron Lennon, Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend have not convinced in wide positions, so how about a formation change from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-1-2, so that Kane, Soldado and Eriksen can all play without leaving the midfield too soft?

Tottenham have lost a lot of top quality players in recent years - from Michael Carrick to Dimitar Berbatov, Ledley King to Rafa van der Vaart, and most crucially Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. They have taken a step back but in Eriksen they have a player who is growing into a top class player, and he should be played in his best performance as a result.

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