By David Lynch
It's a recurring theme in modern football, the European starlet routinely linked with a move to the continent's biggest clubs.
Christian Eriksen is the new Eden Hazard in that sense, the latest wonderkid with the world seemingly at his feet at a startlingly young age. And, as Goal.com exclusively revealed on Sunday, Tottenham are the club poised to take advantage of his desire to continue developing his prodigious talent elsewhere.
At just 20, this is Eriksen's fourth season in the Ajax first team, a fact which perfectly communicates his limitless potential. His four goals in 14 Eredivisie games also denote a player who is constantly improving, with his current haul setting him up to easily surpass his record in previous campaigns.
In short, the Dane looks every bit a player on the cusp of brilliance and ready to make a step up - and White Hart Lane might well be the perfect place for him to do that.
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The benefits of playing a lone frontman, one with the physical presence to retain possession, are evident, particularly in European competition. And so, Emmanuel Adebayor, or someone of his ilk, is a much better long-term bet to nail down that position as part of a 4-5-1 formation under the former Porto boss.
In such a system, it is vital that the central playmaker weighs in with goals and assists and Eriksen is tailor-made for that. The close control which is so vital in such tight areas of the pitch is second nature to him, much like any player from the famed Ajax academy.
Of course, moving to the Premier League has proved too big an ask for players far more established than the Middelfart-born attacker, there are no guaranteed successes in the English top flight. But, even at such a young age, Eriksen has already proved that he has the mental tools to stick it out at the very least.
Despite being courted by the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and AC Milan as a youngster, he chose to join Ajax in order to boost his chances of developing and eventually making a breakthrough. For a 16-year-old to be so wise - and his subsequent meteoric rise has proved that to be the case - says a lot about the man.
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Alongside that, Peter Schmeichel's 129-cap record for the Denmark national team is under threat even at this early stage, with Eriksen having already picked up 30.
So, all the signs point to a player who is operating at a level above his tender years both on and off the pitch and it is the sort of maturity that he will need should a call from north London come. That Tottenham are in the mix for his signature in fact speaks volumes about the club's rise from a top-six contender to one with much loftier ambitions.
Eriksen would be the perfect signing to underline Spurs' aims in that he also hopes to walk the path to greatness.
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