With the Spanish window closing on Monday, Eriksen has started two of Tottenham’s three Premier League matches as a substitute but has made a huge impact when entering the fray.
Christian Eriksen has to start for Tottenham against Arsenal, says Darren Bent
Eriksen has not been a regular starter due to the uncertainty around his future
And with Pochettino overseeing a disjointed start to the season with a win, draw and defeat so far in the Premier League, Bent believes Eriksen has to start at the Emirates stadium on Sunday.
‘When Eriksen is on the pitch, he gives you that little bit of nous that they don’t have when he is not on the pitch. He’s got to play,’ Bent, speaking on behalf on GentingBet, said of Sunday’s match.
‘Against Aston Villa, he changed the game. To be fair to Eriksen, he is not throwing his toys out the pram. He has got on with what he has needed to do and nobody can say that he hasn’t.
‘Every time he has been called upon, he has performed well. Of course, Spurs are in a tricky situation but when you have him, he has to play week in, week out. Right now, if he is fir and available, you have to play him.’
Bent believes that Harry Kane will be wanting to spearhead Tottenham’s attack alongside Eriksen.
‘As a striker, when you know you’ve got creative players like that who can see a pass and unlock doors, it makes such a difference,’ Bent explained. ‘He (Eriksen) can make something out of nothing and can score a goal too.’
Tottenham haven’t won at Arsenal in the Premier League era and are without a victory on the road in the division sine January 1.
Bent believes Eriksen could inspire Tottenham their first win at the Emirates stadium
But Bent doesn’t think that will provide Tottenham with any concern ahead of the match.
‘It’s a derby, from goes out the window,’ Bent said. ‘Spurs won’t care about not winning there for a while.
‘It was different when I was a player, Arsenal were looked at as the bigger club. Now, it is seen as Spurs have overtaken Arsenal in recent times. Arsenal may even be seen as the underdog.’