Christian Eriksen
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Harry Kane has typically been the participant to select up the ball after a foul across the opposition’s field and set himself for yet one more freekick alternative.

This comes regardless of the Tottenham striker solely ever scoring one objective from a freekick state of affairs at the start of his profession in opposition to Aston Villa when Tottenham’s quantity 10 struck the ball off the wall and it was deflected goalwards to safe a late win.

Kane’s alternatives of taking a freekick within the seasons following that profitable try in opposition to Villa had been only a few and much between resulting from set-piece-specialist, Christian Eriksen, nonetheless being on the membership.

Tottenham have lacked any form of set-piece prowess for the reason that Danish midfielder departed the membership in January of 2020, the place he left to affix present Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

Gareth Bale is clearly the one different participant who has joined Spurs since who is thought to have had nice freekick skills however with the Welshman’s tenure on the membership being so transient it meant that he solely took a really small quantity of freekicks.

In fact, this didn’t cease him from inflicting a objective from one as he struck one from long-range in opposition to the crossbar within the Europa League because the ball landed into fellow loanee, Carlos Vinicius’ path permitting the Brazilian to strike the ball house.

Heung Min Son whipped in a deep freekick in opposition to Watford again in August of 2021 when the ball managed to seek out its method in after it wrong-footed the Watford ‘keeper, Bachmann, and is at present Tottenham’s solely Premier League freekick objective of the final two seasons.

Barring that cross/shot of a freekick by Son, Tottenham’s final objective from a freekick was by Christian Eriksen, weeks earlier than he left the membership, as he fired a shot into the highest left in opposition to Norwich, drawing the sport again stage for Spurs.

Not too long ago, the free-kick obligations have been taken up by Harry Kane and Eric Dier, the Spurs centre again has solely notched up one free-kick objective and that was for his nation, England in EURO 2016.

Dier hit a rocket in opposition to Russia within the Three Lions’ opening group recreation, nonetheless, Eric remains to be but to transform any of his many makes an attempt for Tottenham.

Though his most up-to-date shot in opposition to Newcastle final Sunday was huge of the mark, it was nonetheless quite a bit nearer than Kane’s newest efforts; most of which have been struck in opposition to the wall leaving Spurs followers pissed off and groaning at yet one more missed alternative.

It leaves followers pondering over the squad attempting to analyse who’s their greatest freekick taker. At the moment, it seems that Dier is probably the most threatening from free-kicks however there are gamers corresponding to Heung Min Son who haven’t even been given the chance.

The South Korean might be an fascinating set-piece taker possibility resulting from his skill to clinically end with both foot or his tendency to whip the ball into the nook; nonetheless, as we’ve got seen with Kane hitting the ball from a nonetheless state of affairs could be a complete completely different recreation to hanging it when it’s in play.

Because the Spurs squad does appear to be missing in a set-piece specialist perhaps they might flip to the switch market in the summertime and maybe hit two birds with one stone by bettering the squad while additionally including an entire completely different facet to Conte’s crew.

The worth of freekicks could be the distinction between a title, Champions League and even a crew’s place within the league.

Probably the most obvious instance of this may be Southampton’s midfield ace, James Ward-Prowse, who’s lethal from free kicks along with his targets from a lifeless ball state of affairs profitable the Saints two further factors from the free-kicks he’s fired house.

If Spurs had Ward-Prowse’s freekick skills profitable them factors it could be extremely beneficial to them, particularly on this season with the race for high 4 being so nail-bitingly shut.

I’m not saying Spurs ought to exit and buy Ward-Prowse this summer season however there’s another person who Spurs followers are greater than accustomed to who might be an important signing and a prolific freekick taker.

That man is former Spur Christian Eriksen, who following his cardiac arrest at EURO 2020 has joined fellow London membership Brentford on a contract for the rest of the season.

Tottenham are reportedly preserving a detailed eye on their former participant (Each day Mail) and with Christian beforehand working with new Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte it might spell for an ideal reunion at Hotspur Method come subsequent season.

Eriksen has considerably of a free-kick pedigree as he has scored eight direct free-kick targets in his time within the Premier League, making him one of the vital prolific takers throughout his time there (Premier League).

Clearly, Eriksen gives different features corresponding to his unfathomable passing vary and creativity however his harmful freekicks can be one other robust string to his bow and will earn Tottenham essential factors in what might be little doubt one other extremely aggressive Premier League season.

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