Danish starlet earns high praise from his manager.
Tottenham new-boy Christian Eriksen has been compared to Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder by his manager Andre Villas-Boas, the Daily Mirror reports.
Eriksen arrived at White Hart Lane from Eredivisie side Ajax this summer for a fee of £11.5m, and looks like one of the best young players in world football at the moment after making name for himself in Holland.
Galatasaray playmaker Sneijder started his career with Ajax as well, and has gone on to become an international star for the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and the Dutch national team, looking like one of the best players in the world in particular during the 2009/10 season when he guided Inter to the treble and the Netherlands to the World Cup final.
Eriksen is a similarly creative and skillful attacking midfield player, and although he has been given big boots to fill by Villas-Boas, he looks like a player who could go on to do great things in the game.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the club in today’s game against Norwich, and Villas-Boas says he is expecting big things from him.
“I think what happened with Christian is a bit like that happened with Sneijder and (Rafael) Van Der Vaart when they were at Ajax,” he said.
“They reach a moment in their career where they become extremely important for their team and the club who goes and gets them does a great transfer move.
“We expect great things of Christian Eriksen and we want to develop him into becoming that sort of important player for us as well.”
Eriksen is one of many new players to arrive at Tottenham this summer, with big names such as Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela also signing in the wake of the lucrative £85m sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.