Tottenham: Christian Eriksen Delivers In Win Over Fulham, Needs To Play More Centrally

By Craig Pearson
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen
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There was not a lot of standouts to choose from between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the Premier League today, but when you have a player like Christian Eriksen as Tottenham do, he can make all the difference. Tottenham won the game 3-1, but until the third goal was scored, there was not a decisive gap that justified that kind of scoreline between the two teams.

Eriksen supplied two outstanding deliveries from set pieces which literally handed Tottenham two goals on a plate. The recipients of the two gifts were Younes Kaboul and Brazilian Paulinho, with youngster Harry Kane adding the second in between. Eriksen has been deployed in a wide left position recently, and that will be something for Tim Sherwood, or whoever is manager next season, to reconsider. Ideally, with his obvious quality, you would want Eriksen in a more central position so he can influence the game as often as possible — not just in set pieces.

Eriksen wandered in and out of the game as you would expect playing out wide, and that is something you do not want from a player who can be the difference for you whenever you take to the field. Spurs possess a plethora of wingers too, so it is difficult to see why Eriksen would not play in his natural position behind a lone striker instead.

It is clear to see that Tottenham have a lot to sort out in the summer, from deciding who will be the long-term manager, to streamlining the current squad, to acquiring the right players in the transfer market. But the one change which is straightforward and simple to make is to put Eriksen in a position where he performs best.

The should put him in a position where he can have the optimum effect on games and then, just like against Fulham, he can win games for them or perhaps more accurately, put the win on a plate for a teammate to finish off.


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