In the transfer window Arsenal and Tottenham both signed a creative, attacking midfielder, Arsenal signed Mesut Özil for £42.5 million, and Spurs snapped up Christian Eriksen for £11 million.
While Özil may have stolen the headlines for his big money move, Spurs have signed a very similar player - all be it not as renowned - in Eriksen.
That signing may have proved to be the bargain of the season, as Eriksen in his first game for Spurs played very similarly to the way Özil played for Arsenal. Although it really is too early to know for sure, Eriksen is showing the potential to be as good as the German.
Although many people will disagree with me, let’s look at their debuts for their respective clubs, and their playing style.
Both are creative midfielders, good at passing and very comfortable on the ball. They both have the ability to beat a player and set up chances for their team mates.
Although Özil has been proving this at the top level for many years, it's no coincidence that Spurs’ first goals from open play this season came when Eriksen was on the field.
In Arsenal’s match against Sunderland, Özil was outstanding, and had a big part to play in the 3-1 victory. His first major contribution was an assist - bringing down the ball to and playing a pass for the oncoming Olivier Giroud to finish.
His second major contribution was at the start of a fantastic passing move that led to Aaron Ramsey's second goal. Özil received the ball just outside the box, passed it into Olivier Giroud who flicked it on for Ramsey to finish. Although not an assist, he was still vital in the buildup to that goal.
Eriksen’s performance against Norwich wasn’t too dissimilar to Özil’s. In fact, it was almost exactly the same - with the Danish international playing a pivotal role in Spurs’ 2-0 victory. Like Özil, Eriksen’s first major impact was a great assist, as he rolled a beautifully weighted pass into the oncoming Gylfi Sigurdsson to curl past the keeper.
Again like Özil his general attacking play was brilliant, as he almost scored himself after a great run inside the box, in which he nutmegged two Norwich defenders. Eriksen’s second major impact in the game, was starting a three touch attack, which started with him rolling a good ball to Paulinho on the wing, who passed across goal, for Sigurdsson to get his second.
Needless to say, the form and general play of both players will change throughout the season, and they may not continue in a similar way. However, if they do, there is no denying that Spurs have done some really clever business with Christian Eriksen.
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