The young defender got the call to partner Belgian international rearguard Jan Vertonghen at centre-half, the duo combining well to keep the visiting forwards – including former Spur Jermain Defoe – largely at bay in our 2-1 victory.
It was Jan who opened the scoring for us early in the game, with Christian Eriksen striking home another late winner after Seb Larsson had equalised with a free-kick just after the half-hour mark.
When Black Cats substitute Danny Graham did manage to get in on goal in stoppage time at the end of the game, it was another fine save from French international skipper Hugo Lloris that ensured we remained in front.
Making his first Premier League appearance since December 6, Eric paid tribute to both Jan and Hugo and spoke of his delight at helping us secure the victory.
“I’m really happy to get the three points,” said the youngster, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday. “It was a tough game, Sunderland played five at the back, they sat back and made it really hard for us, so it was great to get the win in the end.
“I really enjoy playing and to get the chance to play next to Jan – I learn a lot from people like him in every game and every training session because he’s a great player. He’s obviously been here for a while and done really well so it’s great to team up with him.
“As for Hugo and his saves in the second half, he does it every game so I don’t know what I can say that someone else hasn’t already said about him – he’s amazing!”
A late substitute in our FA Cup win over Burnley in midweek, Eric believes our back-to-back wins in quick succession at White Hart Lane will serve us well heading into the first leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on Wednesday.
“It was important to get back to winning ways in the Premier League and keep picking up points,” he added. “Now we’ve set ourselves up nicely for the game on Wednesday.”