Christian Eriksen: Should Tottenham fear playing without their Danish maestro?
Spurs star is out of their clash with Huddersfield Town with an abdominal injury
Most Tottenham Hotspur fans will tell you Christian Eriksen is irreplaceable.
The Dane is Spurs’ most creative player with incredible vision and in possession of both a fine pass and shot.
It’s often lamented Eriksen doesn’t have a direct replacement, especially when he hits patches of poor form, and now they must face Huddersfield Town without their playmaker due to injury.
How manager Mauricio Pochettino will play without his star man in midfield is unknown right now with Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, and Erik Lamela all capable of causing menace in a similar role.
So far, since joining the club back in 2013, Eriksen has only missed 16 Premier League game but how did Tottenham do without him, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the statistics.
The first thing that becomes clear is a dip in goals scored, which is pretty hefty. Eriksen’s absence sees Spurs go from 1.9 goals for per game down to 1.4. This, fans would hope, won’t mean too much against Huddersfield but given their inability to break some sterner five-man defences down in recent years it could be troubling.
And when you add to this a similar rise in goals against, up to 1.4 goal against from a mere 1 when he plays, it does feel daunting.
Eriksen does plenty of running for Spurs and is positionally aware, which makes him excellent when defending counter attacks and losing this will hit Pochettino’s team as a whole.
Overall, though, the statistics are more evenly balanced with Tottenham’s points per game average without him being 1.8, down from 1.9, while the amount of shots per game remains 16.1.
They do allow more efforts on their own goal, up to 12.1 from 10.8, and see a dip in possession to 56.2 per cent per game, down from 58.9.
But there is a striking rise in passing accuracy in the opposition half, up to 73.1 per cent from 70.5, which may point to a more considered and slow and methodical approach without Eriksen.
However Pochettino attempts to deal with life without the Dane, it certainly could see them struggle against Huddersfield Town, but perhaps not as much as many would think.