Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has labelled Christian Erikssen as an exciting prospect for the future after the Dane impressed on his debut at the weekend.
The former-Ajax midfielder grabbed an assist on his debut as Spurs comfortably saw off Norwich City at White Hart Lane and the 21-year-old continued to impress throughout the game with striker Roberto Soldado full of praise for him at full-time.
Now his new manager has been hyping up the youngster and Boas has admitted that he is very excited about how good Erikssen could become.
“It’s difficult because the disparity between the clubs in the Dutch league is so big that whenever you have players that perform at this level, it is hard to judge if it is based on individual quality or lack of quality from the opponent,” explained the Tottenham manager.
“I think this happened with Wesley Sneijder and Rafa van der Vaart. Most clubs knew they had the potential but it took time for them to grab them – this is probably what happened with Christian.
“We saw him live last season because we thought hard about the possibility of bringing him last season as well.
“He he has all the conditions to become a great player. The Premier League will offer him the kind of challenge that he didn’t have in the Dutch league.”
“I think Christian is a pure number 10,” said Villas-Boas to the Daily Mail.
“That’s because of his creativity and also the position he has occupied all of his life. He is naturally gifted in that position.
“His vision, his ability to see forward when he receives the ball are the characteristics you want in a playmaker.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt