Frank Lampard believes that Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen can step up for his side against Borussia Dortmund with Dele Alli ruled out through suspension.
Spurs host the German club on Wednesday night in the first round of fixtures in their Champions League group.
Mauricio Pochettino’s begin their European adventure with a Wembley clash against Dortmund, while Real Madrid face Apoel Nicosia in the other group match.
The North London club are without flair player Alli, who is serving a three-game European suspension due to the red card he picked up against Gent last season.
Spurs endured a miserable time in the Champions League last season as they were dumped out of the groups, but will be hoping to go further this time around.
Chelsea and England legend Lampard has stated that he feels Eriksen can be the talisman for Spurs in their highly anticipated meeting with Dortmund.
“Christian Eriksen has become such a good player for Tottenham he can ensure Dele Alli won’t be missed too much against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday,” Lampard wrote in the Evening Standard. “Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up.
“I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play.”
Alli is considered to be one of the standout stars in the Spurs team, but team-mate Eriksen is equally an influential figure.
The 25-year-old is a mainstay in Pochettino’s XI and has begun the season in great form.
The attacking midfielder has made four appearances across all competitions, scoring one goal and supplying three assists in return.
Alli’s absence will be a big one for Spurs against Dortmund, but they have plenty of other match winners in their team. Eriksen is certainly one of them and is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. The playmaker should be considered in the elite bracket of players in England and has proven himself to be a vital component to Pochettino’s side. His technical ability sets him apart from most players and his work-rate fits perfectly into the manager’s system.