Former Tottenham Hotspur defender, Michael Dawson believes that Christian Eriksen’s departure from Spurs is one of the main reasons behind Harry Kane’s current rut.
Although he scored a brace against Newcastle, Kane has struggled to carve consistent chances in games at times under Mourinho since the restart.
The 26-year-old has been feeding off scraps for the most part recently as Spurs have lacked that real creative spark in midfield.
While Dawson raved about the attacking talent that Tottenham have in their squad, he insisted that they missed someone of Eriksen’s quality in the final third.
Dawson added that the Lilywhites have yet to replace the Denmark international and suggested that Jack Grealish could be the man to fill his shoes.
When asked if Spurs should go for the Aston Villa midfielder, Dawson told talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast: “Jack’s a fantastic player and when they let Christian Eriksen go we didn’t see the best of Christian before he left, maybe that’s because his head was turned and he couldn’t agree a new contract.
“Probably 18 months ago he was the best No.10 at creating goals for Harry Kane. He was incredible, he was different class.
“I don’t believe they’ve replaced him… I love [Giovani] Lo Celso, I think he’s incredible and before lockdown he was finding his feet and coming back.
“You talk about Lucas Moura, Dele Alli in there but I think Harry Kane misses someone like Christian Eriksen in there. He finds those balls and makes opportunities for Harry.”
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Given the advanced role that Lo Celso played during his time at Real Betis, it did seem like he might be a direct replacement for Christian Eriksen. However, the Argentine has not had much of an impact in the final third during his time at Spurs so far and seems much more effective when played deeper, where he sees more of the ball. The absence of Dele has only compounded our creative issues at the moment, with Erik Lamela currently looking like the only player possessing the vision to create chances in the final third. I do not think we will be in the market for another creative midfielder in the summer as I am not sure there is room for another number ten/eight in the squad, given how Jose likes to set his teams up.
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