Christian Eriksen’s creative value to Tottenham

Ok, one more quick point about Christian Eriksen, his relevance to Tottenham, and their level of central creativity.

Below are the respective passing-charts from Mousa Dembele’s game against Arsenal at the weekend, and Eriksen’s performance against Roda JC in the Eredivisie – yes, there’s a ‘quality of opposition’ issue which has to be factored-in, but it doesn’t distort the obvious point about the respective player’s suitability to the play-making role.

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It’s not just the accuracy of the passes which is worth noting, but the areas in which they’re made, the eclectic range, and the percentage of them which occur near the opposition’s penalty-box. Startlingly, despite the difference in the two graphics, both players were being asked to play similar positions within their respective games, and in relatively similar systems.

That second chart is what creativity looks like: put that set of arrows behind Roberto Soldado, and Spurs’ attacking potency will double or treble.

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