Chris Sutton has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have still not replaced Christian Eriksen since he departed the club two years ago.
Eriksen was one of the best playmakers in the Premier League for the majority of his six and a half years at Tottenham.
The North London club have not quite been able to replace the 29-year-old’s goals and assists since he left the club two years ago, with the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele yet to live up to their potential at Spurs.
While Tottenham’s defensive record has improved considerably since Antonio Conte took over from Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of November, the Lilywhites are still having difficulties breaking down teams who defend deep.
Conte’s side were only able to get a draw against ten-men Southampton last week while they found a stoppage-time winner at Vicarage Road despite dominating proceedings through the 90 minutes.
Sutton said that while Tottenham’s improvements under the Italian has been drastic, they still have an Eriksen-sized hole in the side.
The former Celtic striker told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport (02/01/22): “There has been a dramatic improvement under Conte, hasn’t there?”
“Have they ever replaced Eriksen? I don’t think they have. I think that’s fair.”
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We certainly have been lacking goals and assists from midfield since Eriksen’s departure and Dele Alli’s decline. However, I do not think we need a number 10/8 like Eriksen in Conte’s system, with the Italian relying on his attackers and wing-backs to create chances.
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