Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will look to improve on last season’s third place finish in the Premier League by sustaining a title challenge this time around.
Spurs were pipped to second by North London rivals Arsenal on the final day of last season, and have gone about the early stages of this campaign suggesting that they could once again fight for the title.
Pochettino’s side are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League, having won five and drawn four of their opening nine league games, but sit fifth in the division and a point adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Their most impressive win of the season came against Pep Guardiola’s City earlier in the month, when they beat the league leaders 2-0 at White Hart Lane.
There have been a number of strong performances from a variety of Tottenham players this season, but which one has been the most creative in their first nine Premier League games?
Despite the excellent form of Son Heung-min, it’s Christian Eriksen who gets this gong.
The Danish international, who joined Tottenham three years ago from Ajax, has laid on three assists so far this season, which is more than any other Spurs player.
Although both he and Erik Lamela have created 18 chances in this campaign – the most in the Tottenham squad – only one of Lamela’s has been converted into an assist, whereas Eriksen has three to his name.
Even if you include goals – Lamela has one league goal whereas Eriksen is still searching for his first – it’s the Dane that comes out on top.
Importantly, 24-year-old Eriksen has averaged 2.3 key passes per game this season, which ties with Son at the top, and narrowly beats Lamela’s average of 2.
It’s not just creatively where Spurs are reaping the benefits from Eriksen’s early season form, but he’s also looking to beat his disappointing tally of six Premier League goals from last season.
Although he hasn’t found the net yet, it’s not through lack of trying, as the 24-year-old has averaged more shots per game than any of his Tottenham teammates (3.5). It’s only a matter of time before one of those goes in.
Nevertheless, Spurs’ solid start to the season has been influenced by many players, although Eriksen has been one of the most influential in the first two months.