Great Danes - Nielsen meets Eriksen!
06 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Former midfielder Allan Nielsen is backing fellow countryman Christian Eriksen to go from strength to strength at White Hart Lane.
Former Danish international Allan, who famously scored the winning goal in our League Cup final victory over Leicester City at Wembley in 1999, was back at the Training Centre recently and took the chance to meet up with his compatriot as Christian continues to settle in north London following his summer switch from Ajax.
Prior to Christian’s arrival at the Lane in August, Allan had been the only Danish player ever to represent the club.
And after chatting at length with Christian at our state-of-the-art facility in Enfield, Allan insists he sees tremendous potential in his fellow Dane.
“He’s a bit under pressure after the last Danish lad that was here!” joked Allan, who scored 18 goals in 115 appearances for us between 1996 and 2000.
“Seriously, though, I’m pleased for Christian that he has had the opportunity to make the move to Tottenham at the right time in his career.
“He’s been doing a fantastic job at Ajax and with his whole development from a young age in Denmark, and this is a step up the ladder for him.
“Joining Tottenham at this time, with the team the club has and with the talent, was definitely the right move for him.
“He’s made his mark already and he scored a great goal against Tromso in the Europa League – he’s a very good player.”
Allan also spoke highly of the support he received from the terraces during his time at the club, and he insists it’s that same impassioned backing which will aid Christian as he continues to establish himself at the club.
“You need that great support as a footballer every single game but it works both ways.
“You have to earn the credit from the fans and to do that you need to be an open person, work hard and be committed to the football and then it will go hand in hand.
“Obviously it helps when you score some goals and the team is winning, but in general you definitely need the fans in the stands.”