Eriksen delivered an excellent performance as Spurs thrashed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, supplying the assist for Fernando Llorente’s header late on after Heung-Min Son and Jan Vertonghen had also found the net. There has been plenty of speculation over the 27-year-old’s future as Spurs have been unable to reach an agreement with him over a contract extension to take him beyond his existing deal which expires in 2020. Real Madrid, who signed Modric from Spurs in 2012, are rumoured to be suitors of the Danish international and although Wenger sees similarities in their styles of play, he stated that Eriksen is a greater goal threat than the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the former Arsenal manager said: ‘He is the outstanding player at Tottenham and the worry you can have for Tottenham is can they keep a player of that quality. I think he has developed extremely well. ‘He can score, he can deliver on set-pieces, he can give the final ball, he works very hard for the team. You do not find many players with so many qualities. ‘He is the player that [Luka] Modric was before at Tottenham but he scores more goals.’
Eriksen moved to Spurs a year after Modric had departed north London for Madrid, signing in a bargain £11.5m deal from Ajax in 2013 and he has effectively filled the Croatian’s boots as the club’s playmaker. Since his arrival at Spurs, Eriksen has created more chances (518) in the Premier League than any other player following his debut in the competition, highlighting how influential he has been for Spurs. He has also scored 63 goals in 259 games and Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to keep him long-term as he plots a way to end the club’s trophy drought. Spurs qualified for the Champions League last-16 stage despite picking up just one point in their opening three group games and now have one foot in the quarter-finals following their emphatic victory over the Bundesliga leaders.