No wonder Tottenham were climbing all over themselves to get at Christian Eriksen. Already named one of the biggest talents in his age group, the 21-year-old Dane has just finished his fifth season for Dutch giants Ajax. With his contract expiring in the summer of 2014 it’s either leaving or resigning for Eriksen. The former looks most likely.
Christian Dannemann Eriksen, 5 foot 9 inches of Danish magic, was born on Valentine’s Day, 1992. He started playing football at the age of three(!) at Danish club Middelfart Sanderum before joining Odense BK. Eriksen has been raised up in a footballing family. Both his parents played the game and also his little sister enjoys a game of football. From the start Eriksen oozed talent. During his time at Odense BK, Eriksen had trials at both Chelsea and Barcelona. The English side thought the Dane lacked physical strength. Once Ajax came in it was an easy choice for Eriksen. He started for the U17’s but joined the U19’s at the end of his first season and started to train with the first team. He joined the first team in January 2010 and made his debut on January 17 against NAC Breda. The Dane made his debut for his country two months later. Ever since he’s been a regular starter for the Amsterdammers and his star has been rising.
Eriksen has always been compared to Danish legend Michael Laudrup. He sure has similarities with the current Swansea manager. Eriksen is a joy to watch, he has a fluidity and style in his actions combined with superb technical ability. Physically he’s light but he compensates for this with his speed, technique and excellent positioning. The Ajax number 8 has a good right foot, crosses the ball well and can play decisive passes that can open a defence. For someone who’s only 21 years old, he has a remarkable insight and vision of the game. His actions looks simple due to his instinctive natural qualities.
Eriksen possesses a brilliant sense of timing on the ball, and he can bring those around him into the game very well. Moreover, his attacking strengths make him a very potent weapon in the middle of the field—someone is strong and capable of thriving in the English game.
Someone asked him back in 2010 once what his dream is. Christian’s answer: ‘winning the championship with Ajax’. He didn’t mention his dream club, winning the Champions League or winning the World Cup. Despite interest from other clubs, he showed his commitment to the club to lengthen his deal to 2014. He has said that only when he has fully learned his trade and become a top player at Ajax then maybe he will consider moving abroad. The question that raises is: has he?
It’s for sure that Eriksen has improved himself in the five seasons he’s been playing for Ajax but there’s one thing that remains: his lack of scoring goals. Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder, to which he has been compared during his days at Ajax, were two players who started banging in goals after being settled in Ajax’s first team. Despite that, he’s been involved in most goals under Frank de Boer: mostly assists.
Another criticism Eriksen has received is that he only steps up in the so called big games against Holland’s top clubs and Champions League sides. Of course it’s easier to motivate yourself for those games but if you want to become a top player you should also be decisive against the ‘smaller’ clubs. Eriksen knows that’s something he has to improve on and since the winter break he’s been doing so.
While I feel that he could have done with spending an extra season in Eredivise, only time will tell if he'll be able to handle to Premier League.