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Premier League analyst looks at Eriksen impact

A dissection of Christian Eriksen by the Premier League tactical analyst

1 May 2022

The role being played by Christian Eriksen at Brentford has been analysed by the Premier League. Christian joined The Bees at the end of January. He has played seven times for The Bees, six of them from the start, and Brentford have taken 16 points from those fixtures.

Adrian Clarke has written for the Premier League website on Christian's time with Brentford so far. In a piece here, Clarke looks at the chances Christian is creating and his work with his Brentford team mates. Brentford face Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow, Monday 2 May.

"Eriksen has been the catalyst for a superb late-season charge from Brentford," writes Clarke. "Riding a spectacular wave of emotion and goodwill since returning to football, the Dane has been in outstanding form for Thomas Frank’s side. Eriksen is clearly enjoying himself in west London, making a team-leading 50.4 passes per 90 minutes, and bringing calmness and quality in possession.

"Brentford’s leading scorer Ivan Toney has benefited since Eriksen’s arrival, netting six goals and producing two assists since the January signing came into the starting XI. Eriksen has created several chances for the striker, including a sublime left-footed cross which resulted in a headed goal in a 2-0 home win over Burnley. Indeed, nine of the 14 key passes made by the ex-Spurs star have been for Toney.

"Brentford have been menacing from set-plays all season, but Eriksen has made them even more deadly in that department. He conjured up a high-class assist for Pontus Jansson’s late winner at Watford last month, whipping in a perfect wide free-kick at Vicarage Road. The Bees have scored 13 set-piece goals this term, and their Expected Goals tally (xG) from those situations is a league-high 15.6. Only Liverpool and Manchester City have managed more attempts from dead-ball scenarios than Brentford’s 143."

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