Christian Eriksen has been hailed as an “extremely intelligent footballer” for the way he has adapted to his new role in Manchester United midfield.
The Denmark international joined on a free transfer from Brentford in the summer and got off to a great start at Old Trafford, particularly when he led the show in the 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Former Man Utd midfielder Luke Chadwick is particularly impressed with Eriksen as he has settled so well into a deeper midfield role than he has tended to play in the past.
The 30-year-old made a name for himself as a number ten, or even largely, during his time at Tottenham, but Chadwick can see he’s now replacing Erik ten Hag was likely expecting to have Frenkie de Jong this season. .
“I think Eriksen is just an extremely smart footballer, he can play in the number ten position, he can play wide, and he’s played that deeper role with Denmark in the past,” Chadwick said. TakenOffside.
“He can control the tempo from midfield, his passing range is fantastic and you can see his energy level is still there.
“Frenkie de Jong probably would have been Ten Hag’s first choice to play in that position, but Eriksen can do a job there. I think it’s a very good position for him. When he arrived United weren’t at their best and weren’t very good at passing the ball to the forwards, but Eriksen does that very well. He can play across the lines, he can put Bruno Fernandes on the ball and change the game very well.
“He’s also a very hard working player, I’ve been impressed with the work he’s done outside of possession – maybe he doesn’t always get the credit for that because of his technical ability. , but he’s really proven himself against top-flight opposition that he’s very capable in that position.
United fans will surely be delighted with Eriksen’s performance and hope it continues.
Considering he joined as a free agent, Eriksen may well end up being one of the signings of the summer.