2018 World Cup Radar: Denmark’s Christian Eriksen
Åge Hareide’s Danish outfit are the latest hopeful side to claim their place at the upcoming World Cup proceedings in Russia this summer. They effectively saw off the Republic of Ireland in more than satisfactory style last time out in the qualifiers, impressing their respective onlookers with a convincing 5-1 score-line.
The victory was achieved in no uncertain terms thanks largely to the influence of Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen. The quick-footed Danish midfielder stole the show with an alluring second-leg hat-trick, a massive achievement for the widely admired Spurs man.
We all obviously know about Eriksen from his time tearing up defences among the English top-flight, but just how much of an impact will he ultimately make for his nation once the 2017/18 Premier League campaign finally comes to a close?
Christian Eriksen's goals from last night ??? pic.twitter.com/yQb6dQ01nT
— Proper Sport (@ProperSport) November 15, 2017
Christian Eriksen has sounded himself out as a widely influential play-maker for many a consecutive season now, but much of his early success derived from the Dutch Eredivisie with Ajax. It was here that the Danish star really made a name for himself.
The now 25-year-old Tottenham favourite may have lacked a certain physical prowess in the middle of the park during those oh so fresh-faced early days, but make no mistake about it, for Eriksen’s string of impressive performances in Holland were ultimately good enough to bring him to the English top-flight.
Only Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals in European qualifying than Christian Eriksen ? pic.twitter.com/GATNkrOYOG
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 15, 2017
Here, Denmark’s leading figurehead really took to life among the English game. He helped solidify Tottenham’s status as worthy title challengers on more than just the odd occasion, providing an array of top class goals and assists that have scarcely been replicated at such a frequent rate.
Whilst his defensive contribution has never been all that effective, and his prowess among the aerial battle could certainly use some improvement – this is a man that is more than worthy of the ongoing praise and credit thanks to his ability with the ball at his feet, as well as some strong showcases of intelligence all across the park.
When it comes to sending in dangerous set-pieces time and time again, playing through-balls in difficult situations and simply wearing opposing players down with his convincing possession-based style, Eriksen thrives far more often than not. In the eyes of some, he represents one of the best players currently operating among the English top-flight.
Denmark manager Age Hareide says Christian Eriksen should be ranked among the top 10 players in the world.
RT if you agree ? pic.twitter.com/7n0W2OLESJ
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) November 15, 2017
This all makes for excellent reading if you’re a Denmark fan looking to see your side thrive at Russia 2018 this summer. With Kasper Dolberg, Michael Krohn-Dehli and Andreas Christensen all vying for contention among the Danish ranks in Russia, perhaps we are already witnessing this year’s early dark horses for the upcoming competition.
If Denmark are to prove somewhat successful this summer, Eriksen himself is going to have to play a blinder of a tournament. The Danes arguably lack a great deal of attacking pedigree among their all-important striking positions, so the midfielder’s influence must seemingly prove as tenacious as it’s ever been.
One player not getting much credit is Christian Eriksen. Put on a masterful performance not only vs Ireland but throughout the qualifying campaign in getting his team to the World Cup. 11 goals in the rounds only 3rd to Lewandowski/Ronaldo. Very clutch and one you can count on. pic.twitter.com/KwZpaJdGQe
— ™ (@Tacticomotion_) November 15, 2017
Although few admittedly expect Denmark to cause any major upsets among the upcoming international tournament, Åge Hareide’s side are currently 100/1 to go all the way and win it with SkyBet. It’s a big shout for sure, but stranger things have certainly happened…
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