Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has slammed Christian Eriksen for his performance away to Olympiakos.
Eriksen played the full 90 minutes, however, wasn’t his usual self as the north London giants were held to a 2-2 draw, despite taking a 2-0 lead.
The Sun gave the Danish playmaker three out of 10, claiming Eriksen made ‘poor decisions’ throughout the game.
In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, Hutton seemed to be less than impressed with the Denmark international, claiming his head isn’t in the right place.
He said: “Eriksen was poor last night, he probably gave the ball away more than the rest of the team.
“I do think so (the summer speculation is getting to him), maybe in his head, he was thinking he’d leave and it never materialised so now it’s really about him getting his head focused.
“Everybody expects him to play at a very high level always and I think that’s why it stands out the most, I think he gave the ball away the most out of all the players (v Olympiakos) and that’s so unlike him.”
The Scotland international is right in his assessment of Eriksen after his poor performance against Olympiakos.
This season, the 27-year-old has had 1.8 bad controls per game. In stark contrast, Eriksen averaged just one bad control per game last season. This is a clear sign that something is wrong in the mind of the playmaker.
Digging deeper into the midfielder’s statistics from Wednesday evening exposes more potentially worrying signs about Eriksen. The Dane had no shots, completed no dribbles and was dispossessed twice.
In last season’s Champions League, Eriksen averaged over two shots per game and was dispossessed less than once per game across 12 appearances.
All doesn’t seem to be well with the midfielder, as hinted by Hutton. His future needs to be sorted out as soon as possible or his continued involvement could hamper the club’s season as it did on Wednesday.
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