Eriksen good enough to join Spurs legends, says Vertonghen

Christian Eriksen can become one of the Premier League’s best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore, according to team-mate Jan Vertonghen.

Eriksen good enough to join Spurs legends, says Vertonghen

The 22-year-old arrived in the summer of 2013 among the flurry of transfer dealings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move to Real Madrid.

Eriksen has so far proved the pick of the bunch and, after a slow start to this campaign, is beginning to show his potential once more, impressing in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Newcastle.

The Denmark international, with three goals in his last six matches, pulled the strings as Spurs triumphed 4-0, earning a two-legged semi-final against third-tier Sheffield United and the praise of former Ajax team-mate Vertonghen.

“As a playmaker, I think he can be one of the best in the Premier League,” the defender said, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Burnley.

“I’ve played with him since he was 16 or 17, so probably for six or seven years now. He’s improving every season.”

Eriksen’s impressive performances in the lilywhite shirt have seen him become a fans’ favourite at a club synonymous with style.

Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have wowed the fans in previous years, while Vertonghen believes he will soon be bracketed alongside modern greats such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.

“He can reach their level, 100 per cent,” the Belgium international said.

“I know Luka and Rafael better as they’re playing in my era, but I know the reputation of Hoddle and Gascoigne and I think Christian can be one of the better players Spurs have ever had.”

The only thing lacking from Eriksen’s game last night was a goal, with Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado doing the damage in one of the best displays of the Mauricio Pochettino era.

Meanwhile three men have admitted to a pitch invasion stunt which forced a Tottenham match to be temporarily halted last month.

Nathaniel Thompson, 23, Helder Gomes, 22, and Daniel Jarvis, 26, were arrested after bizarre scenes during Spurs’ Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on Nov 27.

The match had to be suspended shortly before half-time after the men ran on to the pitch at the north London club, one after the other. Gomes and Thompson were detained by stewards and Jarvis was tackled on the White Hart Lane pitch by a player.

All three men pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court to a charge of going on to a playing field without a lawful excuse or authority.

Although they were all wearing BassBuds T-shirts, the court heard that the stunt was not sanctioned by the headphone manufacturer.

The men must pay £155 (€198) each and will be subject to football banning orders for three years, meaning they will not be able to attend games in England or Wales until 2018.

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