Sherwood: Christian Eriksen is like Dennis Bergkamp

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Tim Sherwood has risked angering Tottenham Hotspur supporters by comparing the increasingly impressive Christian Eriksen to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

Sky Sports reports how the Denmark international earned praise from the Spurs boss after his stoppage-time goal helped secure a 3-3 draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Eriksen has become an increasingly influential first-team figure at White Hart Lane this season, with Sherwood adding that the £11million summer signings recent form makes it impossible for him to leave him out of the starting XI.

"Eriksen is one who just can't be left out," he said. "He's Bergkamp-esque.

"You want someone to rush those chances, as an opposition manager, but when it lands to him you know he's going to be ice cold.

"Once he cut inside I knew the net was catching the ball."

The former Ajax star's creative flair and composure in front of goal evokes memories of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, who also began his career at the Amsterdam Arena.

The 44-year-old - who is now assistant manager to Frank de Boer in Holland - enjoyed 11 great years in north London under Arsene Wenger's tutelage, and Tottenham fans will be delighted if Eriksen becomes half as successful as Bergkamp before he left the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

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