Earlier this week, Christian Eriksen didn’t seem that happy.
There were no big dramas, no hissy fits; just a report that indicated that the Dane was seeking a conversation with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino with regards to his position within the Tottenham starting line up.
In the midst of Tottenham’s good form, the former Ajax man has had to make do with a position out on the left flank – in stark contrast to last season when Eriksen regularly played in his preferred number ten role.
This week, it appeared that Eriksen wasn’t too happy about playing out on the left; but despite this story, that’s where he lined up at the start of Saturday’s lunchtime game with Sunderland.
As anyone who’s watched Spurs this season will know, Dele Alli has been preferred in the ‘trequartista’ role, and that’s exactly where he was fielded at the start of the game against the Black Cats.
But after half an hour, Pochettino made a change – and a pretty significant one at that. Alli and Eriksen were swapped, with Lamela on the right, Alli on the left, and Eriksen in his preferred position.
Guess what happened?
Eriksen catapulted Tottenham to an easy victory, scoring two fortuitous goals in the process, and making a perfect pitch to be included more regularly in his favoured position.
Nevertheless, this issue won’t disappear. No chance.
You see, whilst Eriksen has put in a powerful and compelling case to be Tottenham’s number ten; his main competitor for the shirt, Dele Alli, has been putting in those cases all season.
Which makes things a little more complicated.
What Pochettino will need to concentrate on, rather than getting lost in positional squabbles, is the happiness of his players.