The absence of Christian Eriksen from recent Tottenham teams raised a few questions among supporters but manager Tim Sherwood cleared up the matter last night.
Christian Eriksen was restored to the Spurs team on the appointment of Sherwood as replacement for Andre Villas-Boas. He came into the team for the match at Southampton and played well in a run of games which saw Spurs undefeated in the league until the visit of Manchester City to White Hart Lane.
Having enjoyed such a successful run in the team when he scored against West Brom and at Old Trafford as well as against Crystal Palace. He was instrumental in creating scoring opportunities for Emmanuel Adebayor so it was a surprise to see him omitted from the team in recent weeks.
Further concerns were voiced after last weekend’s defeat at Norwich when as Spurs struggled to breakdown a disciplined home defence and in desperate need of a creative influence, the manager opted to leave Eriksen sitting on the bench.
Eriksen was re-instated in the Spurs team for the Europa League match against FC Dnipro and while it took Spurs a considerable time to get into their stride, Eriksen was a constant threat to the visitor’s well-drilled defence. He troubled Juande Ramos’ team in the first half and and it was his free-kick which ignited Spurs as they drew level on the night.
The Danish international then provided the pass which enabled Adebayor to put Spurs ahead and set them up to complete an amazing comeback, with three goals in 13 minutes.
Questioned about Eriksen’s performance in the match with a goal and an assist, Sherwood said he was pleased, “He was given a rest and came in – he wasn’t dropped. There is healthy competition in the squad, everybody’s playing, nobody knows who’s in the team until it’s announced.”
If Eriksen maintains the level of performance he displayed against Dnipro, it will be very difficult for Sherwood to ‘rest’ him again.