There are only 12 games left this season and Tottenham are only two points behind leaders Leicester City. This could be their best chance of winning the Premier League in its 24 years, and Christian Eriksen could be the man to take them all the way.
A fortnight ago, Tottenham claimed possibly their most famous ever Premier League win away at Manchester City, a win that made them major contenders in the title race. It was Eriksen’s goal that secured victory, a contribution that must lead to many more from the Dane if Spurs are to claim the ultimate prize.
Spurs spent big in the summer of 2013 following the world record sale of Gareth Bale, and while the big money signings of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho never paid off, the shrewd acquisition of Christian Eriksen has proved to be their best buy of the window. He played a part in every one of their 38 league games last season, and made his 100th appearance for the club earlier this campaign.
This season Eriksen has been as influential as ever, scoring five goals, including that crucial one at the Etihad, and registering eight assists, more than any other player at the club. His relationship with Harry Kane has also been crucial, with the Englishman scoring 16 goals with the help of the 24-year-old.
Approaching the business end of the season, many teams will choose to sit back and get men behind the ball when playing Tottenham, hoping to either snatch a goal or take a 0-0 draw. In these games Eriksen’s excellent range of passing could prove vital to opening up defences and winning Tottenham the three points.
The midfielder’s ability from the dead ball could also be a big factor for the north London club in the remaining part of the campaign. Earlier this season away at Swansea, Spurs struggled to take their chances, and would have returned from Wales with nothing had it not been for Eriksen’s two brilliant free-kicks that earned them a point.
Despite the goals that Kane has provided this season, it is the form of Eriksen that could prove the key both in terms of goals and assists if Tottenham are to claim their first Premier League crown.