Christian Eriksen is more important to Spurs than Gareth Bale was - the stats to prove it
Christian Eriksen's last-gasp winners are becoming something of a regular feature in Tottenham games this season - it seems like the gifted Dane is popping up every week to save his often lacklustre side.
It's all becoming somewhat reminiscent of Gareth Bale's barnstorming, match-saving performances in his last season at White Hart Lane in 2012/13 - particularly given the fact that both players are excellent free kick takers.
Of course, with players like Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli putting in some great performances this season, Spurs are far from the one-man team they were accused of being when they last had Bale in the side. But Eriksen is starting to pull wins out of the bag for Spurs with increasing regularity.
So, is there an argument that Eriksen is more important to Spurs than Bale was in 2012/13?
Points won per player
Eriksen has won more points for his team than any other Premier League player - but team-mate Kane is right behind him.
This obviously suggests Spurs definitely aren't a one-man side - but without their two star forwards they would be a staggering 25 points worse off, leaving them languishing at the bottom of the Premier League.
Take away just Eriksen's points and they would be in 12th position, dropping six league places.
Gareth Bale won Spurs 24 points in his final season at the club. They finished with 72, so without Bale, the Lillywhites would have finished in ninth place with 48 points, dropping four league places. It is obviously an unfair comparison, given the fact that the season hasn't finished yet, but so far it looks like Eriksen means more to Spurs now than Bale did then.
Eriksen also tops the late top flight goals league, alongside Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, with three scored in the last 10 minutes of play. Bale scored a total of five in 2012/13, but by this stage of the season he had only netted one - against Aston Villa. If Eriksen carries on at his current rate he will pass the flying Welshman with ease.
These statistics clearly do not take into account the quality of team-mates, or the effect two men have on the players around them, but so far it certainly looks like Eriksen means more to Spurs now than Bale did in his final season.