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No wonder Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino smiled broadly when he told a recent press conference that Christian Eriksen was well again and would be back on first duties immediately.

The diminutive Great Dane had missed a midweek Champions League trip to Cyprus having become seemingly irreplaceable in the way his Tottenham play.

Indeed, there are very few players like him in the world today.

No wonder the Argentine coach is so full of praise for the Denmark international, who cost a bargain £13million when he switched from Ajax four years ago.

At only 25, it seems that he has been playing at the top of the game for much longer than his years betray.

That he was the youngest player at the 2010 World Cup, Danish Player of the Year in 201, the year he won the first of three consecutive league titles with Dutch side Ajax, shows why he seems older.

And Poch loves him.

The Tottenham manager explained: “Christian, for me, since the first day we arrived at Tottenham has consistently been a very important player for us.

“He is consistent in his performance and I am so happy after three seasons with him.”

Team-mate Jan Vertonghen, who played alongside him at Ajax too, rates Eriksen as one of the best playmakers in the world and the Argentine coach does not disagree.

“For me, in his position, he is one of the best,” Pochettino concurred.

“It is true that he is a player that fits very well for our philosophy. I am so happy he is here.

“Like Harry Kane, he is so young and I believe he can improve a lot, but I think, like Harry, he is showing a very good performance every week.”

Eriksen has said in the past that his title-winning experiences at Ajax, shared by Toby Alderweireld as well as Vertonghen, could yet give Tottenham the edge in a title race, as well as the steel of their boss.

Only time will tell if that prediction comes true and ends a barren title run that now extends back to 1961.

But the way he prompts chances for players such as Kane and Real Madrid transfer target Dele Alli is second to none.

His passing success rate in the league alone this year is 86.1 per cent.

No wonder he was on Barcelona's radar as a possible replacement for Neymar in the summer.

Going into the latest round of Premier League matches, with Tottenham set to play Huddersfield ahead of the international break, his 12 assists topped the rankings in each of Europe's top five leagues.

He has also created more chances than any one else this calendar year.

And he is in a tough category here.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Arsenal's German World Cup winner Mesut Özil, the inimitable Lionel Messi and Spanish ace David Silva are also in the top ten, but they all have to look up to the quietly spoken Tottenham man.

In numbers, that means he has also been involved in the creation of 43 chances, six more than Silva in second and eight ahead of Sergio Agüero.

Tottenham's only worry here is that they do not seem to have a ready-made backup should Eriksen either be lured to La Liga, or suffer a bad injury.

For it is Eriksen's ability to build on his team's solid build-up play by unlocking defences, which are becoming increasingly stubborn in matches at Wembley.

Having already dropped more points at home than they did for all of the last season (winless after three matches) they need the attacking midfielder, who has already won over 70 caps for his country, fit and well in every match.

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