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A look at Ajax & Denmark’s Christian Eriksen

The young Danish star has already won quite a few individual honours. These include the Danish U17 Talent of the year; The Ajax talent of the year and the best young player in The Netherlands. With his club, Ajax, he won the Eredivisie in 2011 and the KNVB Cup in 2010. And all this before he turns 20 in February of next year.

 

The attacking midfielder was born Middlefart and started playing with them when he was three years old. In 2005 he joined Odense BK. He competed in the Danish Youth tournament where Odense lost to Brondby IF in the semi-finals. He won Best Technical player. The next year Odense won the tournament with Eriksen scoring the only goal in the final. Good performances with the OB U-16 and U-19 teams and the U17 Denmark team attracted the attention of clubs like Chelsea and Barcelona. He had trials for two consecutive years with Chelsea but decided that he would prefer to move to Amsterdam would be better then a move to London.

 

In October he joined Ajax on a two year deal worth an estimated 1 million euro. He impressed boss Martin Jol while he was playing with the youth teams and the then manager invited on a first team trip to Portugal. He made his debut in the next game, away to NAC Breda. He scored his first goal against Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Cup. In April 2010 he extended his contract to 2014. At the end of his first professional season at Ajax, Eriksen had played 21 competitive matches, scoring one goal, and had made his international debut for Denmark. For his second season in the first team of Ajax, Eriksen was given the number 8 shirt.

 

He made his Denmark debut against Austria in March to become Denmark’s fourth youngest player in history. In the summer of 2010 he chosen in Martan Olsen’s World Cup Squad. He was the youngest player at the world cup. In a disappointing campaign he played two matches against Japan and Holland.

 

The young attacking midfielder started the 2010-11 season brightly and scored his first league goal against De Graafschap. He scored his first goal in the Amsterdam ArenA in a 3-0 win over BV Veendam. On 17 February 2011, Eriksen scored his first goal in a European tournament, the Ajax goal to 2-0, when Ajax beat Anderlecht 3-0 in the 2010-11 Europa League. On 13 March 2011, Eriksen scored a solo goal, running from the half way line to finish it off with a strike to secure a 3-1 win over Willem II.

 

On 23 May 2011 he became Dutch Football Talent of the Year. He was elected by a jury under command of Holland’s all-time best player Johan Cruyff. “He’s a player I really like with all my heart,” Cruyff praised Eriksen. “This prize is just the beginning, a stimulus to get the maximum out of his career. The talent is there, the recognition also; now it is up to the player himself. He is a typical product of the Danish school. You can compare him with Brian and Michael Laudrup. Only time will tell if Eriksen can reach the same level as them.”

 

On 9 February 2011, in the 1-2 friendly loss home against England, Eriksen was named Man of the match. On 4 June 2011 Eriksen scored his first national team goal, to give Denmark a 2-0 lead over Iceland in the Euro 2012 Qualifier. In doing so, he became the youngest Danish player ever to score a goal in European qualification, being 9 days younger than Michael Laudrup when he scored his first goal in 1983.

 

His favoured position is as a number 10 which is becoming a rarity in European football. But in the Eredivisie most teams use a playmaker. It is one of the reasons he would prefer to stay in Holland as he says Arsenal are the only English club that use a number 10. He states that he favourite player is Real Madrid’s Mesuit Ozil. I think it is safe to say the the Danish teenager is a star for the future.

 

 

 

Do you have any comments on the Eriksen? If you do please leave them below. Do you think he should come to England?

 

 

 

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