Tottenham suffered a huge dent in their bid to win the Premier League title this season following a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea going into the clash at Anfield, but two Sadio Mane goals condemned the North London club to a third defeat of the campaign.
It was a largely disappointing performance from Spurs, who have won just one of their last 17 matches away at the other top six teams in the Premier League.
Nonetheless, Pochettino’s men are still sat in the top four with just 13 games to go, and turn their attentions to the Europa League this week when they travel to Gent on Thursday.
Yet, with a top four place far from assured, Europe’s secondary competition is hardly going to be a priority for Pochettino – instead he’ll focus on securing a top four berth for the second successive season.
Spurs have netted 46 goals in the Premier League this season, suggesting that they’ve been in decent form going forward, but who has been their most creative player after 25 league games?
Well, although the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min have had good seasons, it’s Christian Eriksen who pips them all.
The Danish international has laid on more assists than any other Spurs player this term with eight, while his tally of 66 chances created is over double the next best, held by England’s Alli with 31.
That equates to 2.8 key passes per match for Eriksen, double that of Kane, and although the Dane’s goal or assist per minute ratio is not as good as the aforementioned three, it is not through the fault of trying, as the 24-year-old has on average the most shots per game of anyone (3.8).
Only striker Kane has been directly involved in more goals than Eriksen this term (17 to 13), so it’s clear that the Danish midfielder helps Tottenham tick in the final third, with his set piece delivery, vision, and overall crossing ability supremely good.
There’s no coincidence that Spurs’ recent good run has concurred with Eriksen’s return to form, so it’s obvious that the 24-year-old will continue to be a key player for Pochettino between now and May in their bid to secure a top four place.