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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Eriksen happy to switch roles

First he's in the middle, then he's on the left, then he's in the middle again. then he's on the right, after just over a season at Tottenham Christian Eriksen has played right the way across the midfield.

Eriksen happy to switch roles


His role this season under Mauricio Pochettino has now settled down to one where he starts on the right, but continually integrates with his fellow midfielders, so at times he is playing centrally in the number 10 role. For Denmark he now starts on the left, again with licence to roam, just as he had at Tottenham last season under Tim Sherwood. He performed the role in an attacking sense so successfully that he was named Player of the Year.

He spoke to the press in Denmark ahead of his countries 2016 European Championship Group I qualifying game tomorrow against Armenia. Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported that he didn't mind changing roles for his national side.

"At Tottenham, we play a different system, where I played mostly on the right side at the start, but with the national team I have been mostly based centrally or on the left. 
"But for me it's pretty much this and that. I like to be where the ball is and I have a very free role in both places, where I can run all over the place when I see possibilities."

His Danish side will have to be focused on the game as last time these two sides met in Denmark, Armenia surprisingly won 4-0.

This has been Eriksen's first pre-season at Tottenham and one aspect of his game, although not much practised in pre-season, seems to be working very well, free-kicks. He revealed that earlier at an EA Sports event where he said he will practice them more as the season progresses, staying behind after training to work on them.

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For years we didn't have a decent free-kick taker, every Tom, Dick and Harry seemed to have a go, yet we very rarely scored. Along came Gareth Bale to change all that and now we have Christian Eriksen as a high quality specialist free-kick taker.

A couple of inches lower and the free-kick that thudded into the bar against QPR would have gone in. The difference between success and failure can be oh so small.



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