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How Good Is: Spurs and Liverpool Target Christian Eriksen

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013 by Amrit Nagi

Christian Eriksen has a well documented 1 year remaining on his contract which is rightly making the Ajax wonder kind a cut price target for a number of to clubs including Liverpool and Spurs.

Eriksen: Top 100 Attacking Midfielder
Eriksen has long been regarded as a potential world beater and at 21 he has the kind of stats and skills which back up this notion. the ticking clock on his contract now means he may well have his chance to play in one of Europe's major leagues and really make his mark.

Comparisons
Erikson's career number of 136 minutes per goal contributed is exactly the same as Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid who we rated as a world top 50 player and maybe even on the cusp of the top 20. Whilst his tally is currently far better than Lampard's career record of 159 minutes, like Di Maria, Lampard has proven himself at a much higher level, for a far longer period of time, but it does show that the potential is there to make the step up, and he could yet get even better.

League Record
Eriksen has spent his entire 5 season career at Ajax where he has risen through the ranks to a first team starter. 113 appearances have been very fruitful for him bringing 25 goals and 51 assists to give him a goal contributed for every 114 minutes of game time. Had he achieved this record in one of the top league's in Europe he would be considered as one of the top 20 best attacking players in the world but at 21 it is an astonishing record in any league.

MPGC: 114 mins

Champions League
The Danish youngster has made 16 Champions League appearances for Ajax, which is decent for someone his age. He has maintained a very good record there too with 2 goals and 6 assists giving him a goal contributed every 148 minutes. At Champions League level this is an exceptional record and hints not only at the notion that he can perform at the very highest level but also that he may well have the key ingredient of big game mentality, especially if he can add just a few more goals to his game.

MPGC: 148 mins

International
For a 21 year old Erikson has a very high number of international caps under his belt already having turned out for Denmark 37 times including a couple of substitute appearances at the 2010 World Cup finals when he was just 18. A player of his potential might have expected a return of more than 4 goals from his Caps even if he's not playing for a world beating team and with the addition of 5 assists he has achieved a modest MPGC of 266 mins.

MPGC: 266 mins

Our Rating
Everything about Eriksen suggests he could very well be a proper world class player. The only thing holding him back from a higher rating from us is the fact that he is still untested outside of Dutch football and has not scored abundantly in the Champions League or at international level.

Whilst the Dutch national team are one of the best in the world, and Ajax have produced countless world class players, there have also been many who have not been successful in replicating their Eredivisie records elsewhere. Eriksen is also just a little shy of the kind of goal scoring tally that is commanded by world class number 10's in today's game but we have no doubt this is something he still has time to add to his game.


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