Opinion: People who think benching Eriksen is the problem are missing the point

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Ever since arriving at the club, Christian Eriksen has been Tottenham’s chief playmaker. He is consistent each and every season in providing a hefty number of assists and goals.

However, Pochettino has chosen to bench him more often than not so far this season, with the transfer window still rumbling on.

Tottenham struggled against Aston Villa until the Great Dane came on and masterminded three late goals. Spurs then lost to Newcastle at home, with Eriksen on the bench again.

I have heard talk at games that Pochettino should be starting the playmaker and that this would solve the majority of Tottenham’s problems, but I feel they are missing the point.

The team that Poch played against the Magpies had Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Heung Min Son, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko… players who should and do have the capabilities to unlock a defence and score a goal.

The problem at Spurs does not boil down to one player starting or not starting. A team without Eriksen should still be rolling over the likes of Newcastle.

If Spurs want to win something this year, they have to take a long hard look at the entire squad, as no single player is stepping up at the moment.

It’s a team full of unenthused, fatigued, and below-par players. Eriksen does not fix that.

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  1. Problem is Harry winks and Sanchez.
    Their performance is very bad for the last two year. When spurs play it like playing with two less and pressure is on other players

  2. Say it again I watched the Barcelona vs bettis game and without the barca big three they still managed to score five. A lesson to other clubs train your players well and have the correct mentalaty and you can overcome teams like Newcastle and bettis. We sadly have players who need lead to the net to score.

  3. The above comments seem to be a reasonable assessment of the current situation at Tottenham. In respect of Christian Eriksen and the doubt surrounding transfer issues then it makes sense to prepare for the situation of life without this much valued player. It is very difficult to exactly pin-point the problem when Tottenham should be riding high with completion of one of the finest stadiums in Europe after all the delays and playing at Wembley, this surely should have breathed new life into their sails to provide the team with every opportunity to make success of these opportunities.


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