Tottenham boss Villas-Boas hails 'great' Eriksen debut

The Spurs manager says the £11.5 million summer signing made a 'big difference' in the 2-0 win over Norwich, while Chris Hughton believes the Londoners can challenge the for title
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boa hailed a ‘great’ debut from new signing Christian Eriksen in the 2-0 home win over Norwich on Saturday.

Eriksen produced a sparkling display during 70 minutes on the pitch in his first game since arriving from Ajax in an £11.5 million deal, and set up the first of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s two goals at White Hart Lane.

“It was a great debut for Christian,” said Villas-Boas. “His movement between the lines was fantastic for a player of such a young age. He’s a pure number 10, a creative player and he naturally bonded with the team very easily. His ability made a big difference.

“He’s played lots of Champions League games. Obviously the Premier League is about how consistent you can be at the top level.”

Eriksen, 21, was one of seven summer signings as Spurs spent more than £100m on replacing Gareth Bale and building a squad to compete for the Champions League qualification places this season.

Villas-Boas added: “I think the fact we are so strong in depth makes the players understand they have to compete to be in the team.

“There are players who can replace them of the same quality if they don’t perform. I think it’s healthy and hopefully means we can be right there.”

Norwich manager Chris Hughton admitted he was disappointed with his side’s display and talked up Tottenham’s chances of mounting a title challenge.

“We are disappointed that we didn’t do enough but we were playing against a team that I think will be right up at the top challenging when you look at the money they’ve spent.

“The movement of the likes of Paulinho, Dembele and Eriksen was very difficult to deal with. I’ve seen quite a lot of Eriksen and he’s a class act.”