There certainly have not been a lot of bright spots in the white section of North London this year. An offseason that saw seven big signings and overwhelming optimism has led to one of the more disastrous seasons in recent memory. With a near certain lame duck Manager in charge in Tim Sherwood, most Tottenham fans cannot wait for the season to end and for the ray of hope that is Louis van Gaal to come in and rescue the once proud Lilywhites. But, with all the negativity surrounding White Hart Lane, there is a beacon of sunshine that can help carry your team across the finish line into a fantasy title. His name is Christian Eriksen, and he is here to help you.
Tottenham seemed to acquire Eriksen as a consolation prize to the shenanigans and ruthlessness of Abramovich and Willian (and most likely his agent). But missing out on Willian and securing Eriksen might just be something that is looked upon as a fortuitous break for Spurs. While Eriksen seemed to struggle early in the year due to adjusting to a new team and league, he has slowly become the fulcrum of this Spurs team. In his last 4 games, he has averaged 11 fantasy points, including four goals. The goals are especially nice as he was initially brought in to be the creative spark and set up striker Roberto Soldado. The goals were not main objective. But that is not to say he is only scoring goals. He is also contributing to the team with 3 assists in his last 4 games. So, does he have it in his locker to be an influential player on a consistent basis? Check.
Let's look at his situation. This Tottenham team is in shambles. Their defensive frailties are almost laughable. The team is managed by a person that has no experience and clearly knows he is on borrowed time. This has and will continue to lead to open games with scorelines of 3-3, rather than 1-0. While this might not be good for the blood pressure of Spurs fans, it is good for a creative midfielder that is being given the freedom to roam and contribute as necessary. The team will need to score goals and there will be plenty of room on the pitch for Eriksen to weave his magic. Game situation likely to be favorable? Check.
Let's not minimize Eriksen's ability to strike a dead ball (at least when it is not a corner as those seem to be below average for him this year). As Tottenham's free kick taker, he gets some extra opportunity that others don't get as well. And his success at it this year, let's say a poor man's Bale, is not to be discounted. It's possibly a small positive, but one nonetheless.
Lastly, let's look at the upcoming fixtures. Spurs end the season with games against Fulham, Stoke, West Ham, and Aston Villa. Not a murderer's row by any means. These are games that Spurs should expect to score at least 2 goals in each. Granted, they may be down 4-0 when they score these goals, but that hardly matters to Eriksen's fantasy appeal. Upcoming appealing schedule? Check.
So, let's recap. Eriksen's form has been wonderful. His team plays an open style that values defense as much as a 2 year old values brussel sprouts. His remaining schedule is laughable. And his manager finally trusts him, calling him 'Bergkamp-esque' and saying he is 'one who can't be left out'. All the pieces are there. What more do you want? He has even scored a header this year! The man is 5 feet 7 inches at best and is contributing all over the pitch. Many people will be overlooking Spurs players and averting their eyes to the more marquee teams. Don't follow their lead. Go get Eriksen, and celebrate with a fantasy BPL title.