Christian Eriksen is indispensable to Tottenham. Maybe even more so than England captain Harry Kane is to The Lilywhites.
But with this, comes an expectation that he will always start, which can damage the team in some ways. With the recent injury to Eriksen, manager Mauricio Pochettino now has a chance to tinker with his side without incurring the wrath of fans and pundits.
Eriksen has only missed six Premier League matches in the past four seasons with Tottenham, and has therefore been a mainstay in the squad alongside Dele Alli. But Pochettino’s men are in a bizarre situation where they are not playing particularly well, but also some players are in very good form.
Two of the form players at the moment are Lucas Moura and Érik Lamela. They can expect to start alongside one another against Huddersfield today, or in an attacking three with Alli. Pochettino could even deploy the formation with three at the back, with two central midfielders and two attacking midfielders.
Where Alli and Eriksen (valued at £72m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) would always be the attacking midfielders, the Dane’s injury, in addition to Alli’s recent injury troubles, could open up the south American duo for the first time. This hasn’t even factored in the presence of Heung-min Son, who could well be part of an attacking trio, or come from the bench.
Basically, it is obviously disappointing for Eriksen to be injured, but Tottenham have the depth in that area of the field to use this as an opportunity. They will not want to look beyond Huddersfield, but with Barcelona looming next week, this is Pochettino’s chance to make sure Eriksen recovers, whilst also experimenting with his squad to get the best results.