Garth Crooks: What I like about this Tottenham midfielder

The former Tottenham forward lavishes praise on Denmark international Christian Eriksen

Garth Crooks has ousted himself as a big fan of Christian Eriksen after the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder impressed in their 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Eriksen teed up Harry Kane for the opening goal at White Hart Lane before the attacking midfielder’s effort was deflected into the West Brom net by Baggies defender Gareth McAuley.

Tottenham’s 4-0 win helped to hoist Mauricio Pochettino’s side up to second place in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of current leaders Chelsea with 17 games to go.

Eriksen has scored five goals and has made eight assists in 20 appearances in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign so far to help Spurs remain on course to challenge for the title.

Writing in his BBC Sport column, former Tottenham forward Crooks explained what Eriksen brings to Pochettino’s team.

“Spurs boast a long and successful history of fielding some extraordinary midfield players. Paul Gascoigne, Luka Modric, and Glenn Hoddle – the king of White Hart Lane – immediately spring to mind. However, whenever I watch Christian Eriksen I see the most delightful player,” Crooks said.

“Eriksen doesn’t possess the combustible temperament or mischievous nature of a Gascoigne, or the artistry of a Modric or Hoddle – but what he does display all over the pitch, and with great alacrity, is a dignified football authority with which he absolutely destroyed West Brom.

“The season started slowly for Eriksen but, interestingly enough, Tottenham’s success in recent weeks totally correlates with his return to form.”

Tottenham have won their last six Premier League games since a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford in December.

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Spurs will make the trip to Manchester City next weekend.

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