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Christian Eriksen

Born: 14 February 1992 (Middelfart, Denmark)

Christian Eriksen

Player Season Stats

A midfield craftsman with an eye for goal, Christian Eriksen has established himself as a key figure in our side since joining in 2013.

The Danish international sensation started 37 of our 38 Premier League games on the way to a third consecutive top three finish in 2017-18 - more than any other player in the squad - and ended the campaign with a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Named 2017's Danish Football Player of the Year for a record-equalling fourth time, Christian also bagged the Premier League's Carling Goal of the Month award for April, 2018, following his spectacular striker in a long-overdue win at Chelsea, in addition to the Junior members' Player of the Season prize. In all, he appeared 47 times in all competitions during a superb campaign, scoring 14 goals, including memorable strikes at home to Real Madrid and away to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.

Born in Middelfart, Christian moved to Dutch giants Ajax in 2008 from Odense in his native Denmark and played a total of 161 games for the Eredivisie club, scoring 33 goals. He enjoyed great success during his time in Amsterdam, winning three consecutive Dutch league championships between 2011 and 2013 as well as being named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Ajax Talent of the Year in 2011. He was also voted Danish Talent of the Year that same year.

Christian joined us in the summer of 2013, scored 10 goals in 36 appearances in his first season, 2013-14, and swept the board in terms of our end-of-season awards, claiming the Supporters' Club and One Hotspur Members' Player of the Season double. He was also voted the Danish Football Player of the Year - the equivalent of the PFA prize in England - for 2013 and went on to make history by winning that award in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first player to win it three years in a row, then equalling Brian Laudrup's record of four wins with the 2017 gong.

His debut season at White Hart Lane saw Christian score seven goals and claim eight assists in 23 starts in the Premier League. His free-kicks also caught the eye and he scored his first Premier League goal from a set-piece against West Brom in December, 2013, before following that up with free-kicks against Dnipro and Benfica in the Europa League.

The following season, 2014-15, saw Christian hit double-figures in the Premier League and he finished with a total of 12 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. His domestic tally included a number of thrilling late winners as he bagged maximum points for us against Hull City, Swansea City, Leicester City and Sunderland throughout the campaign. He was also the only player to feature in all 38 Premier League matches, starting 37. However, his highlight of 2014-15 came in the League Cup, where a double at Sheffield United in the semi-final, second leg took us to Wembley - he scored one of the best Spurs free-kicks of recent times before rolling home a one-on-one chance, cool as you like, with only minutes remaining.

In 2015-16, he shook off an early-season knee injury to make 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals including a coolly-taken late winner away at Manchester City on his birthday in February, 2016.

He started 36 of our 38 Premier League games in 2016-17, scoring eight goals and assisting many others, while playing 48 times in all competitions, netting 12 goals overall. He was named Player of the Season by both One Hotspur members and our Supporters' Clubs - the second time he has completed the Club awards 'double' after his first season here in 2013-14.

Christian played twice for Denmark as a teenager at the 2010 World Cup but grew into a figurehead for his nation in the years that followed. He scored his first international hat-trick in a friendly away to Bulgaria in the summer of 2016 before sensationally netting another treble against Republic of Ireland to give the Danes victory in their 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off in November, 2017, booking their place at the tournament finals in Russia. He was a regular at the World Cup itself, scoring in a 1-1 group stage draw with Australia as the Danes reached the last 16.