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Player name: Christian Eriksen
National team: Denmark Under-21s
Current club: Ajax Amsterdam
Position: Attacking midfielder
Match scouted: Denmark 2-1 Belarus, 14 June 2011
Key moment: It was Eriksen's overall performance that caught my eye. He is a constant attacking menace and the opposition defence is never given a break. There were a few moments of absolute magic, but one that really stood out for me was the back heel that released Nicolai Jørgensen and eventually lead to the penalty Eriksen himself converted.
Strengths: Eriksen has outstanding skills, he's absolutely brilliant. He is very, very quick and is genuinely two-footed. He combines his excellent passing range with an impressive eye for goal – his shooting from distance is very impressive while his finishing is clinical, especially for a midfield man. His pace and skill mean that he is superb at taking on and beating a defender and he seems to do this often and with ease. Another great strength is his delivery from a set piece – his free kicks are very dangerous.
Weaknesses: Eriksen is very small, and he may be bullied off the ball quite easily in England. This is something that can be corrected though, and with extensive gym work, he’ll be ready to take on the English game. His tackling and heading are not very good but they can also be worked on.
Suitability: This is where the biggest hurdle will be. Eriksen is a thorough attacking midfielder and plays very high up on the pitch. He plays just behind the striker and seeing as Rooney has now occupied this position, I don’t see where Eriksen would fit into our system as he most definitely can’t play in a two-man midfield – not right now anyway. If he were to come in, I could see him occupying a bench place for the time being.